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Cookeville Real Estate Sales Soar in June 2014 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Real Estate Sales Soar in June 2014

It's time to take a look at the June Home Sales Report. This includes detailed numbers for Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Livingston, Gainesboro, Celina, Byrdstown and smaller surrounding areas.

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For June 2014,  home sales were up 14.93%  compared to last year at this same time. There were 67 homes sold and 164 homes for sale in the Upper Cumberland Region. This shows a 4.23% increase from last month!! Go summer sales!

First, let's look at the numbers by price category.

 

Under $100K: 67 Homes sold and there are currently 164 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 77 Homes sold and there are currently 227 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 29 Homes sold and there are currently 111 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 7 Homes sold and there are currently 49 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 6 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 21 homes for sale.

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Home Sales in Putnam County, TN.

During the month of June, 96 homes sold and there are currently 223 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 23 Homes sold and there are currently 33 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 49 Homes sold and there are currently 95 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 20 Homes sold and there are currently 54 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 22 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 6 homes for sale

Over $500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 13 homes for sale.

 

Home Sales in White County, TN.

During the month of June, There were 24 homes sold and there are 75 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 12 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 8 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 1 Home sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

 

Home Sales in Overton County, TN.

In June, there were 19 homes sold and currently 76 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 9 Homes sold and there are currently 31 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 4 Homes sold and there are currently 25 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 6 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

Over$500K: 2 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

 

Home Sales in Jackson County, TN.

In June, 8 Home sold and there are currently 42 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 14 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 17 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 7 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.


Now, let's take a look at sales by town.

Cookeville TN Real Estate Sales

Under $100K: 15 Homes sold and there are currently 33 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 45 Homes sold and there are currently 91 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 19 Homes sold and there are currently  48 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 20 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 10 homes for sale.

 

Algood TN Real Estate Sales

Under $100K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 1 Home sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

Over$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

Baxter TN Real Estate Sales

Under $100K: 8 Homes sold and there are currently 4 home for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K:  0 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

Over$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

 

Monterey TN Real Estate Sales

Under $100K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

 

Sparta TN Real Estate Sales

Under $100K: 8 Homes sold and there are currently 30 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 7 Homes sold and there are currently 27 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 14 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

 

Gainesboro TN Real Estate Sales

Under $100K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 7 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Home sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

 

Livingston, TN Real Estate Sales

Under $100K: 4 Homes sold and there are currently 14 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 14 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale

Over $500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

 

In Summary, the heat wave continues and sales continue to soar with a 4.23% increase from last month. Compared to this time last year, sales are up 14.93%.

Be sure to check out the July report to see how the Cookeville TN Real Estate market trends next month!

Ready to sell your home in Cookeville or the surrounding area? Please call me, Virginia Kail, at (931)260-4729. It would be my pleasure and honor to help you sell your property.

 

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View Comments | Add Comment Monday, July 14, 2014  3:49:30 PM
Sales Start to Sizzle in May 0 Comments Posted

It's time again to take a look at the numbers and see how Cookeville Real Estate Market is doing this month. This report includes Cookeville, Algood, Monterey, Baxter, Monterey, Sparta, Gainesboro, Celina, Livingston, Byrdstown and the surrounding areas.

First, we will take a look at the Upper Cumberland Region as a whole.

In May, there were 181 homes sold and there are currently 567 homes for sale in the Upper Cumberland Region. Sales were up 10.7% compared to this time last year. This is a definite improvement! Now, let's examine the report to see ...which price categories sold the most?

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Over $500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 18 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 12 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K; 7 Homes sold and there are  currently 35 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K; 19 Homes sold and there are currently 111 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 83 Homes sold and there are currently 230 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 69 Homes sold and there are currently 161 homes for sale.

HOME SALES IN PUNTAM COUNTY, TN

Over $500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 7 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 6 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 5 Homes sold and there are currently 14 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 13 Home sold and there are currently 53 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 49 Homes sold and there are currently 66 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 28 Homes sold and there are currently 39 homes for sale.

In Summary, during the month of May, 96 homes sold and there are currently 185 homes for sale.


Home Sales in White County, TN.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 1 Home sold and there are currently  3 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 12 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 8 Homes sold and there are currently 26 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 9 Homes sold and there are currently 22 homes for sale.

In Summary, during the month of May, 22 homes sold and there are currently 77 homes for sale.


Home Sales in Overton County, TN.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 7 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 8 Homes sold and there are currently 26 homes for sale.

Under$100K: 9 Homes for sale and there are currently 22 homes for sale.

In Summary, during the month of May, 20 homes sold and there are currently 57 homes for sale.


Home Sales in Jackson County, TN.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 7 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.

Under$100K: 5 Homes sold and there are currently 13 homes for sale.

In Summary, during the month of May, 6 homes sold and there are currently 32 homes for sale.

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And now, we take a closer look at each town.


Cookeville TN Real Estate Sales

Over $5ooK: 1 Home sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 6 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 5 Homes sold and there are currently 10 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 13 Homes sold and there are currently 51 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 46 Homes sold and there are currently 70 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 20 Homes sold and there are currently 26 homes for sale.


Algood TN Real Estate Sales

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

Under $100K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale

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Baxter TN Real Estate Sales

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 6 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 6 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.

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Monterey TN Real Estate Sales

Over $5ooK: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 8 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.


Sparta TN Real Estate Sales

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 6 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 12 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 10 Homes sold and there are currently 33 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 8 Homes sold and there are currently 17 homes for sale.


Gainesboro TN Real Estate Sales

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K; 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.


Livingsotn TN Real Estate Sales

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 5 Homes sold and there are currently 10 homes for sale.

In Summary, May sales reflect a definite improvement, up 10.7% from the same time last year! Yay, SUMMER! Check back next month to see if June and July sales soar with the summer temperatures!


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Ready to sell your home in Cookeville or the surrounding areas? Please call me, Virginia Kail at (931)260-4729. It would be my pleasure and honor to help you sell your property.

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, June 26, 2014  1:33:13 PM
How's the Cookeville Real Estate Market? The April Report. 0 Comments Posted

How's the Cookeville Real Estate Market? The April Report. 

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Upper Cumberland Regional Report

It's Spring and it's traditionally the busiest time of year for real estate sales in Cookeville and the surrounding area. So did April showers cause home sales to bloom? Not as much as everyone hoped, I'm afraid. Which area of the market increased? Which price category sold the most? Here is a look at the Upper Cumberland Region as a whole. In April 2014, home sales were up 4.31% compared to the same time last year. However, if we look back to the March report we see that sales were up 10.34% year over year. This means that during April, we lost 6% of our momentum.

In April, there were 158 homes sold and there were 1332 homes for sale in Cookeville and the surrounding region. The numbers break down into price ranges as follows:

Under $100K: 67 Homes sod and there are currently 372 homes for sale.

$100,001-$ 200K: 71 Homes sold and there are currently 521 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 11 Homes sold and there are currently 256 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 5 Homes sold and there are currently 92 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 33 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 58 homes for sale.


Homes for sale in Putnam County TN : In April, there were 60 homes sold and there are currently 464 homes currently for sale.

Under $100K: 13 Homes sold and there are currently 90 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 36 Homes sold and there are currently 188 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 5 Homes sold and there are currently 113 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 4 Homes sold and there are currently 35 homes for sale.

$400-001-$500K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 15 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 23 homes for sale.


Homes for sale in White County, TN: In April, there were 34 homes sold and there are currently 184 homes for sale.

Under $100K:  18 Homes sold and there are currently 64 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 14 Homes sold and there are currently 73 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K:  2 Homes sold and there are currently 26 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 7 homes for sale.


Homes for sale in Overton County, TN: In April, there were 7 homes sold and 174 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 59 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 64 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 28 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 12 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.


Homes for sale in Jackson County, TN: In April, 6 homes sold and there are currently 80 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 4 Homes sold and there are currently 34 homes for sale.

$100.001-$200K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 27 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$300,001_$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$400,001- $500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

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Let's take a look at the report by towns.

Cookeville TN Real Estate Sales:

Under $100K: 11 Homes sold and there are currently 74 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 36 Homes sold and there are currently 176 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 5 Homes sold and there are currently 107 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 33 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 12 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.


Algood TN Real Estate Sales:

Under $100K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.


Baxter TN Real Estate Sales:

Under $100K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 16 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 20 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 0 homes for sale.


Monterey TN Real Estate Sales:

Under $100K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 20 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 4 Homes sold and there are currently 14 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$300,0012-$400K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.


Sparta TN Real Estate Sales:

Under $100K: 15 Homes sold and there are currently 65 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 13 Homes sold and there are currently 69 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 26 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.


Gainesboro TN Real Estate Sales:

Under $100K: 1 Home sold and there are currently  19 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 15 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 6 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 0 homes for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.


Livingston TN Real Estate Sales:

Under $100K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 30 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 28 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.



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After taking a look at the numbers. we can see Cookeville is still leading in home sales, followed by Sparta again. The decrease in year over year volume is cause for concern when you consider that we are in the busy season. Hopefully this is just some slight turbulence that the market will recover from as we move deeper into busy season. The May report should pain a much clearer picture, so be sure to check back.  :)

View Comments | Add Comment Friday, May 09, 2014  2:53:18 PM
How's Real Estate in Cookeville? 0 Comments Posted

How's Real Estate in Cookeville?

It's time to crunch the numbers again, to see exactly how the real estate market in Cookeville, TN is doing in April. This is a just off the press report showing detailed information about houses for sale in Cookeville, Algood , Baxter, Monterey, Sparta, Gainesboro, Livingston, Byrdstown, Celina, and smaller surrounding communities.

 Which area of the market increased? Which price category sold the most? What was the market like last year during March? Here is a look at the Upper Cumberland Region as a whole. In March 2014, there are currently 1314 houses for sale in Cookeville, TN and the surrounding areas. A total of 131 houses sold across the region, in March. The market shows March home sales were up 10.34% compared to last year at the same time. Now let's take a closer look and see how they sold according to Price category.....


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March 2014 Market Report

$500K and above: In March, 3 homes sold and there are currently 57 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K:  0 homes sold and there are currently 32 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K:  4 Homes sold and there are currently 86 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K:  15 Homes sold and there are currently 250 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K : 58 Homes sold and there are currently 507 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 51 Homes sold and there are currently 382 homes for sale.


Home Sales in Putnam County, TN

In March 2014, there were 66 homes sold and there are currently 453 homes for sale in Puntam County.

$500K and above: There was 1 home sold and there are currently 20 homes for sale .

$400,001-$500K: There were 0 homes sold and there are currently 15 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: There were 2 homes sold and there are currently 31 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: There were 11 homes sold and there are currently 114 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: There were 38 homes sold and there are currently 177 homes for sale.

Under $100K: There were 14 homes sold and there are currently 96 homes for sale.


Home Sales in White Conty, TN

In March 2014, there were 13 homes sold and there are 190 homes currently for sale in White County, TN.

$500K and above: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 67 homes for sale .

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 25 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 77 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 7 Homes sold and there are currently 67 homes for sale.


Home Sales in Jackson County, TN

In March 2014, there were 2 homes sold and there are currently 74 homes for sale in Jackson County, TN.

$500K and above: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 31 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 9 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 25 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 32 homes for sale.


Home Sales in Overton County, TN

In March 2014, there were 16 homes sold and there are currently 166 homes for sale in Overton County, TN.

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 10 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 27 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 8 Homes sold and there are currently 58 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 7 Homes sold and there are currently 58 homes for sale.

Now let us take a look at sales by town......


Cookeville TN Real Estate Sales

$500K and above: 1 Home sold and there are currently 18 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K:  0 Homes sold and there are currently 12 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 30 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 10 Homes sold and there are currently 107 homes fpr sale.

$100,001-$200K: 38 Homes sold and there are currently 167 homes for sale.

Under $100K:  11 Homes sold and there are currently 78 homes for sale.


Algood TN Real Estate Sales

$500K and above: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.


Baxter TN Real Estate Sales

$500K and above: 0 Home sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 16 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 12 homes for sale.


Monterey TN Real Estate Sales

$500K and above: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 10 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 14 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 21 homes for sale.


Sparta TN Real Estate Sales

$500K and above: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 4 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 11 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 24 homes for sale.

100,001-$200K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 71 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 6 Homes sold and there are currently 65 homes for sale.


Gainesboro TN Real Estate Sales

Over $500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 0 homes for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 5 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 16 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 1 Home sold and there are currently 19 homes for sale.


Livingston TN Real Estate Sales

$500K and above: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 2 homes for sale.

$400,001-$500K: 0 Homes sold and there is currently 1 home for sale.

$300,001-$400K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 3 homes for sale.

$200,001-$300K: 0 Homes sold and there are currently 8 homes for sale.

$100,001-$200K: 2 Homes sold and there are currently 24 homes for sale.

Under $100K: 3 Homes sold and there are currently 28 homes for sale.

Real Estate Sales in Cookeville, TN is the still top of the market, followed by Sparta, TN.

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If you are looking to sell your home in Cookeville or surrounding areas, please call me, Virginia Kail at (931)260-4729. It would be a pleasure to help you  sell your home!



View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, April 30, 2014  2:43:07 PM
Seen Near Cookeville,TN 0 Comments Posted

One of the hazards of being a real estate agent, is that you cannot go anywhere without noticing houses. Even on your days off, you find yourself looking at houses and architecture. That was the case when I stumbled across this Victorian beauty last Sunday. Even though, this beautiful old Victorian has suffered from neglect, you can see what a grand home she must have been in her hey day.

This particular home is in Lebanon, Tennessee , which is just up the road a bit from Cookeville, TN. This home was particularly noticeable because Cookeville has so few large, Victorian homes. Let's hope this Grand Lady is soon restored to her former glory!



View Comments | Add Comment Friday, April 25, 2014  4:05:07 PM
Cookeville Home Sales in February Increase 0 Comments Posted

Frigid temperatures won't keep Cookeville home buyers from seeking out their dream homes. We saw an increase in home sales in Cookeville during the month of February. Statistics for Cookeville homes for sale are  up 8.5% in February compared to the this time last year. If you are searching for your dream home, there's a great selection for sale in Cookeville.

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So, what are the numbers telling us? Let's take a look at each price range.

Less than $100K: There were 18 homes sold, and currently 75 available for sale.

$100,001-$200K: There were 15 homes sold, and currently 175 still available for sale.

$200,001-$300K:There were 9 homes sold, and currently 98 available for sale.

$300,001-$400K: There were 4 homes sold, currently there are still 30 available for sale.

400,001-$500K: There were 0 homes sold, and currently there are 9 still available for sale.

$500,001 or higher: 1 Home sold, and currently 19 are still available for sale.

The highest number Cookeville homes  sold were in the below $100K, with the 100,001-$200k category second in sales. As spring returns, first time home buyers  caused  an increase in Cookeville homes sold. We should see stronger sales in the higher price categories once schools let out in May.

If you are looking to sell your home in Cookeville or surrounding areas, please call me, Virginia Kail at (931)260-4729. It would be a pleasure to help you  sell your home!

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, March 24, 2014  2:47:14 PM
Cookeville Real Estate Market off to a Cold Start in 2014 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Real Estate Market off to a Cold Start in 2014

One of the things that people love about the Cookeville area is that winters are mild. We don't get a lot of snow and the temperature stays above freezing for a good portion of the season.  This year, however, there was more snow and harsher temperatures. The bad weather caused school and business closures, and it also kept house hunters indoors. As a result, the January Cookeville area home sales got off to a slow start compared to the prior year.


How did the Cookeville Real Estate Market do in January? As always, the following numbers include the areas serviced by the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors. This includes Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, Sparta, Gainesboro, Livingston, Celina, Byrdstown, and many of the smaller communities as well.

January 2014 Home Sales for Cookeville/Upper Cumberland Area

January Sales were down 11.18% over the same time last year!

A total of 81 homes sold across the area during January.

There are currently 1294 homes for sale in the area.

January 2014 Home Sales by Price Range:

Under $100k - 37 homes sold in January 2014. (381 currently available)

$100,001 - $200k - 35 homes sold in January 2014. (511 currently available)

$200,001 - $300k - 7 homes sold in January 2014. (244 currently available)

$300,001 - $400k - 1 home sold in January 2014 (72 currently available)

$400,001 - $500k - 1 home sold in January 2014 (26 currently available)

Over $500k - 0 homes sold in January 2014. (60 currently available)

21 of the 81 homes sold in January 2014 were bank owned foreclosures.


January 2014 Home Sales by Town:

Cookeville: 39 Homes sold in January 2014

Algood, TN: 1 Home sold in January 2014

Baxter, TN: 3 Homes sold in January 2014

Monterey, TN: 1 Home sold in January 2014

Sparta, TN: 6 Homes sold in January 2014

Gainesboro, TN: 3 Homes sold  in January 2014

Livingston, TN: 6 Homes sold in January 2014

Celina, TN: 0 Homes sold in January 2014

The remainder of the homes sold were scattered throughout the more rural areas of the Upper Cumberland.

What does this mean for 2014 real estate sales in Cookeville and the surrounding area? Probably not much. It seems that weather played a dramatic role in home sales nationwide this year, with home sales in many areas suffering because of it. Some of the sales slowdown in the Cookeville area can also be attributed to very low inventory. Again, this is a nationwide phenomenon. Cookeville has a particular shortage of homes priced $160k or less. Expect to see prices rise in this range during the spring busy season if the number of homes available does not increase. Without new listings, buyers will be forced to compete for a limited number of available homes.

Ready to sell your home in Cookeville or the surrounding area? Please call me, Virginia Kail, at 931-260-4729. It would be my pleasure and honor to help you sell your property.

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, March 12, 2014  9:04:53 PM
Cookeville TN Real Estate Market is Hot, Hot, Hot in April 2013! 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville TN Real Estate Market is Hot, Hot, Hot in April 2013!

If you live in the Cookeville area, then you’ve probably been noticing a lot of “sold” signs popping up around town. It’s not your imagination playing tricks on you. The local real estate market is sizzling hot and houses are selling at a brisk pace. If you’ve been thinking about selling your home in Cookeville or the surrounding area, then this market report will make you jump for joy!

Cookeville TN Real Estate Market Report

These numbers include all the areas serviced by the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors. This includes Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, Sparta, Gainesboro, Livingston, Celina, Byrdstown, and many other smaller communities as well.

By the end of March 2013, the Cookeville Real Estate market was up 9.88% over the same time last year. That was reason enough to celebrate, but then in April we saw a huge increase in the number of houses sold.

April 2013 sales year to date were up 23.17% over the same time last year!

A total of 481 homes have sold so far this year, with 157 of them being sold in the month of April.

It currently takes an average of 166 days on the market for a home to sell.

There are a total of 1365 homes currently for sale in the Upper Cumberland.

Home Sales by Price Range

Under $100k – 70 homes sold in April 2013 (384 currently available)

$100,001 – $200k – 63 homes sold in April 2013 (542 currently available)

$200,001 – $300k – 21 homes sold in April 2013 (246 currently available)

$300,001 – $400k – 3 homes sold in April 2013 (99 currently available)

$400,001 – $500k – 1 home sold in April 2013 (37 currently available)

Over $500k – 0 homes sold in April 2013 (57 currently available)

32 out of the 157 homes sold in April 2013 were bank owned foreclosures.

Homes Sold in April 2013 listed by Town:

Cookeville: 65 homes sold (432 currently available)

Algood TN: 5 homes sold (13 currently available)

Sparta TN: 28 homes sold (167 currently available)

Baxter TN: 2 home sold (50 currently available)

Monterey TN: 5 home sold (49 currently available)

Livingston TN: 5 homes sold (68 currently available)

Gainesboro TN: 3 homes sold (55 currently available)

Celina TN: 0 homes sold (19 currently available)

The remainder of the homes sold were scattered throughout the more rural areas of the Upper Cumberland.

Cookeville TN Real Estate market report

Summary: A strong finish for the first quarter of the year. Low inventory continues to be an issue for the Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, and Sparta areas – particularly in the $150k or less price range. Homes with acreage are an especially hot inventory item.  If you would like to sell a home with acreage, you should definitely be listing it!

Are you thinking of selling a home in Cookeville or the surrounding area? Please call me, Virginia Kail at 931-260-4729. It would be my pleasure and honor to help you sell your Cookeville home.

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, May 16, 2013  9:44:17 AM
Why So Quiet? 0 Comments Posted

Why So Quiet?

You may have noticed that my blog has been sadly neglected for a while now, and perhaps you're wondering where I've been. It's not because I ran away with the circus or hopped a plane to Bora Bora (Don't think it hasn't crossed my mind). The truth is that I've been busy.....very, very busy.

I think at some point most successful real estate agents have a break-through year. For me, 2012 was that year. In the space of one year I tripled my sales volume. As you can imagine, that has meant a lot of growing pains and some very long work hours. I've added a personal assistant to help handle things behind the scenes, but some days  I'm still working 14 hours +.

Cookeville real estate agent

The tremendous pace of business has carried over into 2013, with the Cookeville real estate market roaring to life this spring. I suspect there are more growing pains in my future again this year. :)

When you are listing and selling houses as fast as you can humanly go, then it doesn't leave much time for blogging. However, now that spring has arrived here in Tennessee, it's time to get out and take pictures of this beautiful place I'm lucky enough to call home. I'm hoping to squeeze in an hour every now and then to keep my blog a bit more up to date and continue to share pictures and updates from around the area.

So there you have it; I'm alive and well and very, very busy. Now if you start seeing blog posts with palm trees and glass bottomed huts, then you'll know I've finally ran away to Bora Bora!

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View Comments | Add Comment Sunday, May 05, 2013  11:34:11 AM
There's a new E-Pro® in Cookeville TN! 0 Comments Posted

There's a new E-Pro® in Cookeville TN!

I'm pleased to announce that I've recieved my E-Pro® designation from the National Association of Realtors. Only a hand full of real estate agents in Cookeville TN have this designation, and I am proud to be one of them.

Virginia Kail E-Pro Designation

I chose to pursue this designation because internet marketing and technology have become such an important part of getting a home sold. With approximately 88% of buyers using the Internet to search for a home, it has become crucial to hire an agent who understands Internet marketing. I felt the E-Pro® designation is a great way to let my sellers know that I am dedicated to using the latest technologies to market their home to the fullest extent possible.

Are you looking for a tech savvy agent to help sell your home in Cookeville or the surrounding area? Feel free to Google me and see why my listing are selling. You can also e-mail me by clicking here: Cookeville Real Estate.

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, May 24, 2012  10:20:58 PM
How's the Real Estate Market in the Cookeville Area? February 2012 Report. 0 Comments Posted

How's the Real Estate Market in the Cookeville Area? February 2012 Report.

Written By: Virginia Kail, real estate agent Cookeville

It's time to crunch the numbers and see how the real estate market is doing in Cookeville and the surrounding areas. As always, these numbers include all the areas serviced by the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors. This included Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, Sparta, Gainesboro, Livingston, Celina, Byrdstown, and many of the smaller communities as well.

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February 2012 Market Statistics for Cookeville / Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee.

February Sales Year-to-date are down 22.84% over the same time last year!  

A total of 79 homes sold across the region during the month of February.

There are currently 1362 homes for sale across the region.

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By Price Range:

Under $100k - 34 homes sold in February 2012. (395 currently available)

$100,001-$200k - 30 homes sold in February 2012. (560 currently available)

$200,001 - $300k - 9 homes sold in February 2012. (222 currently available)

$300,001 - $400k - 1 home sold in February 2012. (92 currently available)

$400,001 - $500k - 0 homes sold in February 2012. (45 currently available)

Over $500k - 0 homes sold in February 2012. (48 currently available in this price range.)

20 out of the 79 homes sold in February 2012 were bank owned foreclosures.

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By Town:

Cookeville31 homes sold in February 2012

Algood TN: 2 homes sold in February 2012

Baxter TN: 2 homes sold in February 2012

Monterey TN: 3 homes sold in February 2012

Sparta TN: 11 homes sold in February 2012

Gainesboro TN: 4 homes sold in February 2012

Livingston TN: 5 homes sold in February 2012

Celina TN: 3 homes sold in February 2012.

The remainder of the homes sold were scattered throughout the more rural areas of the Upper Cumberland.

Summary: Not great numbers, but at least some homes are selling in Cookeville and the surrounding areas. Sellers are still hesitant to list, and some buyers are struggling to find what they are looking for because of it.

Lets hope for better numbers at the end of March!

        

Virginia Kail, real estate agent Cookeville

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

 

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931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

 

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View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, March 10, 2012  2:25:40 AM
Understanding the Fannie Mae First Look Initiative 0 Comments Posted

Understanding the Fannie Mae First Look Initiative

People looking at my Fannie Mae Homepath properties often ask me what the First Look Initiative is, as it often causes some confusion with both buyers and agents.

The Fannie Mae First Look Initiative runs for the first 15 days a property is listed.  During that first 15 days, the home is available for purchase to buyers who plan to live in the property. The First Look Initiative also applies to buyers using public funds to purchase.

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The idea behind the First Look Initiative is to help stabilize neighborhoods by giving owner occupants the chance to purchase the home before investors.

The new owner occupant must move into the home within 60 days of closing.

Investors may submit offers once the First Look Initiative expires. The time frame can be verified on the Homepath.com website. Each property has a countdown clock clearly displayed.

You can search for Fannie Mae Homepath properties for sale on the Homepath website, or click here: to request daily notification of new Fannie Mae Homepath properties in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

 

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, March 05, 2012  3:25:56 AM
Lifelong Learning and Survival of the Fittest 0 Comments Posted

Lifelong Learning and Survival of the Fittest


I've probably never touched on this before, but I'm a huge advocate of lifelong learning and self improvement. I usually spend a few hours each week learning a foreign language and I read at least one non-fiction book per week.

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On a professional learning level, I find myself spending huge chunks of time on classes, webinars, coaching, ect. Now, I'll have to admit that hours upon hours of technology classes are not fun.  This is the kind of learning I do because I have to, not because I enjoy it.

This is survival of the fittest.

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Human technology is evolving at a stunning pace, and it takes serious focused effort to keep up. The real estate market has become extremely competative, and if you want to stay alive in this career field you have to stay on the cutting edge of technology.  If you aren't willing to make the effort to stay current, then you will probably find yourself making some very hard career choices in the very near future.

Why do I say this?  The way consumers shop for homes has changed dramatically because of the Internet.  This is particularly important for listing agents.  How can you effectively market a home for sale if you don't know how to use the latest technology?  You can't just know real estate and your local market anymore. You also have to be pretty darn tech savvy!  

When a client lists their home with you, they are placing a bit of their fiscal well-being in your hands. You owe it to them to be constantly learning and providing them with top-notch marketing.  

Still not motivated?  Well, someone else's fiscal well-being rests of this too - YOURS!!!

Lifelong Learning now equates to Survival of the Fittest.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, February 08, 2012  12:02:35 AM
Dismal Start for 2012 Cookeville Area Housing Market 0 Comments Posted

Dismal Start for 2012 Cookeville Area Housing Market

It's funny how perception and reality can sometimes be so very different.  Just two blog posts ago I told you that the Cookeville Spring rush seemed to be starting early again this year.  It definitely felt that way to me, because I've been working overtime trying to keep up.  I've been super busy, and so have many of my fellow agents/friends.

Imagine my surprise then, when the latest market report for January 2012 showed a very different perspective.  

January 2012 Sales YTD are down 28.91% over the same time last year!

cookeville housing market report

This number is comprised of all the counties that are members of the Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors. This primarily includes the towns of Cookeville, Algood, Monterey, Sparta, Baxter, Livingston, Rickman, and Gainesboro. (Also some smaller locales within the counties.)

A closer look at the numbers:

Total number of homes sold for the entire area:  73

Total number of homes currently available: 1375

Average Sold Price:   $117,717

Average Days on the Market:  144

Of those 73 homes sold in January, 20 of them were bank owned foreclosures.

So, what is my take on this?  We are caught in a vicious circle.  I have pre-approved buyers desperately looking for a homes to buy.  They can't find a home they like because sellers are terrified to put their house on the market.  The buyers keep waiting and searching, and sellers keep watching and waiting for the market to improve.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Tuesday, February 07, 2012  10:15:46 PM
What do Daffodils and Cookeville Home Sales have in common? 0 Comments Posted

What do Daffodils and Cookeville Home Sales have in common?

We haven't had much of a winter here in Cookeville TN.  We've only had one snowfall the entire winter, and unseasonably warm temperatures.  As a result the Daffodils, Quince Apples, and Crocus' are already blooming.

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For the second year in a row, the Home Buyers are out shopping early too.  Last year, things really picked up in February.  The same is true this year.  The Daffodils are blooming and the buyers are shopping.  You might think that the early emergence of the spring flowers has buyers inspired to get started early this year, but that's not it.

So why are Cookeville Home Buyers shopping early for Homes for Sale?  The answer is simple.....income tax returns.  This is the one time of year when the average working person has a big lump of cash to use as a down payment on a home.

Unfortunately for the February Home Buyer, the inventory of available Homes for Sale is pretty low.  Traditionally the months of January and February are very slow, and so most Cookeville Home Sellers wait until March or April to list their homes for sale.

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 So my Dear Cookeville Home Sellers, Do you see an opportunity here?

 

February has suddenly become THE month to list your Cookeville Home for Sale.  The competition is much lower, and you gain a big advantage. Who doesn't love an advantage in this housing market?

Listing your Cookeville Home for Sale in February enables you to pick up those buyers who are shopping now because they have a down payment.

So, what do Daffodils and Cookeville Home Sales have in common?

They are both blooming early this year!

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

 

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, February 04, 2012  1:38:47 PM
Building an All American Home and Rebuilding a Nation 0 Comments Posted

Building an All American Home and Rebuilding a Nation

Sometimes you come across a concept that's so brilliant, you are absolutely obligated to share it with as many people as possible. With the American economy in shambles, this is an idea who's time has come.

Builders would be crazy not to embrace this.  This is a fantastic selling feature. Build an All American Home in a great floor plan, and I can sell them over the competition all day long.  Don't forget that the American consumer is hurting too.  Almost everybody knows somebody who doesn't have a job. Give a home buyer the choice between this and a home made with "stuff" from China, and guess which one they'll choose.

As agents, we should make sure every builder we work with knows about this concept.  Send them a link for the video, and send them a link of the Made in AmericanSupply List.  This is something that will directly impact our industry, create desperately needed American jobs, and a better end product for our clients.

There's so much more information available on the website: www.theallamericanhome.com

You can also show them some love on Facebook by clicking here: www.facebook.com/TheAllAmericanHome

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, December 17, 2011  10:58:58 PM
Rivers and Lakes of the Upper Cumberland 0 Comments Posted

Center Hill Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, Caney Fork River, Cumberland River, and Roaring River - It's all near Cookeville TN!


Almost any fisherman worth his salt has heard of at least one of these lakes or rivers. What most people don't realize is that every one of these large bodies of wateris within 1 hour of Cookeville, TN. For the avid outdoors man, this is paradise.  We have huge marinas, small marinas, and even floating restaurants.  Fisherman can participate in large professional fishing tournaments, or sneak away to their favorite top-secret fishing hole.

I happened by the overlook at Center Hill Lake a couple of days ago, and couldn't resist taking a picture to share with everyone.  This particular overlook is only a short distance from Hurricane Marina.

Center Hill Lake is the most expensive to live near, especially if you want a view of the water.  This is the lake that many of the Nashville music stars call home (or at least have a second home here). All of the land around this lake is controlled by the Corps of Engineers, so there are no private docks.

center hill lake

The Caney Fork River adjoins Center Hill Lake, and is one of the few bodies of water where you can still have a private dock.

Travel north of Cookeville, and you'll come to the mighty Cumberland River in the sleepy little town of Gainesboro.  The Roaring River dumps into the Cumberland River here, so you can take your pick of fishing or kayaking spots on either river

From Gainesboro, you can travel west to the tiny historic community of Granville, and beautiful Cordell Hull lake.  This is the least populated lake, and it's also my personal favorite.  (And NO, I'm not telling your where my top-secret fishing hole is!!!) There's a small marina and restaurant in Granville, and it's much cheaper to keep a boat docked there.

my big fish

(Just in case you didn't believe that I love to fish.)

Anyway, from Gainesboro you can also head North toward Celina TN. The drive follows the Cumberland River, and is really beautiful. You will eventually arrive at Dale Hollow Lake, which is another massive body of water. Many of my fellow fishermen prefer this lake over any of the others.  It's a bit cheaper to own a home with a view of the water here, but not by much.  The Corps of Engineers controls the shoreline of this lake also.

For more information about any of the lakes or rivers in the Upper Cumberland, you can visit the Corps of Engineers website.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

 

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Friday, September 09, 2011  11:44:39 AM
Cookeville Homes for Sale; Cookeville MLS Search 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Homes for Sale; Cookeville MLS Search

No registration required. Free Cookeville MLS Search.

If you are searching for Cookeville homes for sale, you've probably noticed that most websites are hard to use.  Many websites require you to sign up for an account. If you find one that doesn't, it usually displays tiny pictures and very little information.

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I'm proud to say that my website allows you to search the Cookeville mls for free. There's no sign-in required. You can search the mls to your heart's content.  You will be able to see all the information available on any property simply by clicking the "See Details" button.

I also have a very cool feature on my website that lets you save your favorite homes.  If you want to be able to do that, you'll need to set up an account for yourself. That's up to you. You could also just write down the mls numbers if you don't want to set up your own personal account.

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So, Why don't I require you to sign up to use my website when searching for Cookeville homes for sale? It's so simple I can describe it in one word. 

Service.  If you provide someone with great service, they will want to work with you. This is my personal philosophy in everything I do.

My goal is to make my website the easy to use for finding Cookeville homes for sale.  I am always open to suggestions from clients, so please let me know if there's something I can do to make my website better for you!

Ready to search the Cookeville mls? 

Click here-> Cookeville mls search.

You can also use my website to learn more about me, about the home buying process, and about different neighborhoods in Cookeville and the surrounding areas.  Be sure to visit my blog for daily updates, pictures from around the area, and upcoming events.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, May 21, 2011  1:59:13 AM
A Special Note about Cookeville Neighborhoods 0 Comments Posted

A Special Note about Cookeville Neighborhoods

My Dear Reader,

You may have noticed by now that I've added some additional pages on the home page of my website.  Those pages are Upscale Neighborhoods, Mid-Range Neighborhoods, and Affordable Neighborhoods. All three of those pages are a work in progress.

I will continue adding articles about neighborhoods to those pages over time, so you will want to check back often. Eventually I hope to have an article about every neighborhood in Putnam county, as well as some from the surrounding counties. If there's a particular neighborhood you'd like to know more about, send me an e-mail and I will try to get an article written on it. Otherwise, new articles will appear when I have a new listing in a neighborhood.

As always, Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day.

View Comments | Add Comment Friday, May 13, 2011  12:02:20 PM
Mouth Works Great; Ears are Broken 0 Comments Posted

Mouth Works Great; Ears are Broken

I'd been showing them houses for a couple of days when the wife suddenly turned to me and said, "I've just realized that the reason you are so quiet is because you are listening so intently to what I'm saying."   She was exactly right.

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To do my job really well, I have to listen really well. My clients are making life changing decisions. They are telling me about their needs, hopes, and dreams. That means my ears are turned up on high, so that I can figure out how to best be of service to them.  I always hope that clients don't mistake my quietness for anything other than complete focus on them. I also often take notes.

Nothing says I'm not paying attention like asking someone a question they've already answered.

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The same holds true with my fellow business professionals. I listen very intently. After all, we are negotiating a deal. Yet, I often find myself in a one-sided conversation.  Some real estate agents talk and talk, and talk some more. Then they tell you how great it was to talk to you and start to hang up the phone.  On more than one occasion in the past month, I've found myself shouting "Wait just a minute!"  or "Hang on, I have a couple more things to tell you!" 

Some people should wear a sign that says:

Mouth works great but ears are broken.

They've taken my silence to mean that I have nothing to say. In fact, I'm waiting for them to take a breath. (Aren't people supposed to need oxygen?) I'm trying to be polite, and I'm waiting for my turn to speak.  It's not a conversation unless both people take turns speaking. 

 Maybe they should start their day out by making sure their ears work as well as their mouths do.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, May 07, 2011  8:56:36 PM
Burgess Falls State Park near Cookeville-My Favorite Park! 0 Comments Posted

Burgess Falls State Park near Cookeville - My Favorite Park!

Having grown up in Tennessee, I've done a lot of hiking and visited a lot of parks.  To this day, my favorite park to escape to is Burgess Falls State Park. Lucky for me, this beautiful state park is only 13 miles from Cookeville. Five minutes down the main hiking trail and all the stress of the work day melts away.  You can see why in this picture:

Burgess Falls State Park

Do you see what I mean? Right at the beginning of the trail head you have mini-waterfalls. Take another 20 steps and you are enveloped in the lush greenness of the Tennessee forest.

mini waterfalls

The trail follows along the river and takes you across interesting remnants of old bridges from days long past.

old bridge

The trail is a combination of bluff top trails, overhanging rock faces, mini-bridges, and stairs. Lots of stairs.

hiking trail

One of the really cool aspects of this park is the reward factor. You hike along for a while, and then something wonderful suddenly appears.  Keep going, and there's something even better. Eventually, a grand finale.  Here's the next reward up from the baby falls at the trail head:

middle falls

This is the view from the overlook of the middle falls.  Are you ready for the grand finale?  Here it comes, The big falls!

Burgess Falls

and another view:

Burgess Falls

We've had tons of rain this spring, so the falls were really roaring yesterday when I hiked out there with one of my best friends.  Now you might think since this is the "grand finale" that I don't have anything else to show you.  Not So.  For the adventurous soul, there's always the hike to the bottom of the falls.  It's steep and becomes a bit more like rock climbing than hiking. Here's a view of the falls from the side on the way down.

 Burgess Falls

The water was coming down with such force that we were soaked to the bone from the mist. Actually, the mist was more like standing out in a hurricane yesterday.

Burgess Falls State Park

The wind was whipping the mist with such force that I had to turn back. As you can see, the rocks down the cliff face were too wet to continue.  When I turned around to go back, there was my sweet friend Candy standing in the middle of a rainbow.

candy in rainbow

candy in rainbow

Candy has been one of my best friends since childhood, and I love her to bits.

Well, that concludes my tour of Burgess Falls State Park.  When I have clients come to tour Cookeville and look at Real Estate, I always encourage them to visit this park. It's one of those things you absolutely MUST SEE if you visit Cookeville Tennessee.

Click here for additional information about the Burgess Falls State Park.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

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View Comments | Add Comment Monday, May 02, 2011  10:26:41 AM
Springtime in Sparta TN farm country 0 Comments Posted

Springtime in Sparta TN farm country

I've mentioned previously that my company caravans new listings each Tuesday. This week we had a beautiful sunny day, and we visited a listing in Sparta TN  that had an absolutely spectacular view.  This is what I envision when I think of  perfect, quintessential Tennessee farmland.

perfect Tennessee farm land

One of my favorite things about Tennessee is how the rolling hills and mountains become fainter with each layer until they vanish on the horizon.  This particularly stunning vista was taken from the wrap-around porch of my sweet friend Evon's listing on Jim Hennessee road in Sparta TN.  Wouldn't you love to have coffee here each morning?

If your heart is set of picture perfect Tennessee farmland, you won't find an area more beautiful than Sparta TN.  The land is gently rolling, with mountains framing the view on the horizon. It's no wonder there are so many horse farms in Sparta TN.

Does this picture pull at your heart strings?  I'd love to help you find your very own picture perfect Tennessee farm!

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, March 30, 2011  11:43:43 PM
If You Price the House Right, They Will Come 0 Comments Posted

If You Price the House Right, They Will Come

There are buyers in the market.  The spring real estate market is in full swing here in Cookeville. Surprisingly, it's a bit hard to find houses for some of my buyers right now.  I suspect it is because sellers are afraid to put their houses on the market because of all the negative media hype.  The bottom line is this:  If you price it right, they will come.  

 educated seller

Be an Educated Seller. When I prepare for a listing appointment, the first thing I do is prepare a CMA (Competitive Market Analysis).  This report shows the 3 most similar properties that have sold in the last 6 months, and the 3 most similar that your property will be competing against. As a seller, you need to see the facts in black and white to be sure your house is priced appropriately.  I'm always amazed at how many sellers have never seen a CMA. Apparently a lot of agents just waltz in and give the seller their opinion of what the home is worth, with no facts to back it up.  Can you guess why I sell so many listings that expired with other agents? 

service

Make Your Home the Best. It's a competitive market, so make sure your home has the most curb appeal possible. Make sure yours is the neatest and cleanest.  Make it easy to show. Buying a home is an emotional decision. It's about walking in the door and feeling "at home".  You may have the most square footage for the money, but you will still own that home come fall if you don't keep it "show ready". Go above and beyond to create a clean welcoming atmosphere that will make the buyer want to stay for a while.....a long while.

curb appeal

Be Flexible.  The market is fluctuating constantly right now, and the market will tell you if the price is incorrect.  How?  You won't have any showings.  If this happens to you, be prepared to adjust the price. When there's lots of showing activity, the price is right! 

In Summary:  There are buyers in the market right now. If you price your house appropriately, it will sell

Cookeville home sales were up over 20% from the same time last year. What are you waiting for?

Let's get moving!

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, March 17, 2011  4:06:19 PM
Tennessee Survival Retreats, Crash Steads, and Working Farms 0 Comments Posted

Tennessee Survival Retreats, Crash Steads, and Working Farms

The call usually starts something like this, " Hi Virginia, we are looking to buy a house with some acreage in Tennessee.  It needs to have a creek or spring, and we'd prefer it not be visible from the road".  This goes on for a few minutes before I finally say, "So, you are looking for a survival retreat". After a few seconds of stunned silence, we are off and running.

I think when people call looking for this type of property, they are afraid the Realtor® on the other end of the phone will think they are crazy.  Well, this one won't.  I get it.

tennessee survival

I know the rest of the world thinks it's just crazy to be prepared to feed and take care of your family in hard times.  I think they are just as crazy for not being able to do so.  Here's the really funny part:  People in Tennessee have been doing this for over 200 years.  It's a normal way of life here. People put out big gardens, they can their food, and they raise livestock.  Here, we just call it a working farm.

I grew up on a working farm in Tennessee, raised by grandparents born in the Great Depression. My grandparents raised huge gardens and canned most of the produce.  I helped.  I helped milk cows and gather eggs every day.  I helped draw cold, fresh water from the well.  We picked blackberries and raspberries growing wild on the fence rows. The orchards produced bumper crops of apples and plums that grandpa sold at the farmers market, along with farm fresh eggs and garden produce.  In the fall, we gathered walnuts and hickory nuts to be stored for winter.  My grandparents slaughtered their own animals, and I helped with that too.  I also learned to fish, hunt, sew, and cook.  These weren't "survival skills", they were basic, every day country know-how.

Tennessee survival

It might sound like a lot of work, but I loved every minute of it.  I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. In truth, growing up on a farm is a beautiful thing for a child. It's a world of wonder and new experiences. It's healthy, and it's real.  I grew up eating fresh healthy food, and I knew where it came from. I know everything that's edible in the forests of Tennessee, and which things are poisonous. I know about all the wildlife living there too. I learned those things from grandparents who loved Mother Nature and instilled that same love in me. 

You might call it a survival retreat or a crash stead, but I just call it a working Tennessee farm. You might call the things I know survival skills. I'd call it good old fashioned country know-how.  Maybe you are preparing for the end of the world as we know it.  I'm prepared for every day life here in Tennessee farm country.  If schumar does hit the fan, I'm pretty sure that the country folks around here will do just fine.

tennessee survival retreat

Don't let my suit fool you. I'm a born and raised Tennessee farm girl.  If you want to buy a working Tennessee farm, a survival retreat, a self sufficient farm, or just an off grid location, I'll be proud to help you.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, February 24, 2011  10:57:36 PM
Now This Makes Me Cranky! 0 Comments Posted

Now This Makes Me Cranky!

If you follow my blog much, you probably know that I work very long hours. What you may not realize is that I drive a lot of miles each week.  It's just part of selling real estate in the Cookeville area.  My little part of the world is rural, and it's necessary to cover a big area. I sell real estatein Putnam, Overton, White, and Jackson counties in Tennessee.  It's not uncommon for me to drive over 1000 miles in one week.

Last fall I decided it was time for a car that gets really good gas mileage.  I chose a clean diesel car that gets an average of 42 miles per gallon.  It's been great not spending a small fortune on fuel each week.  I was in a fabulous mood on my way to the office this morning, until I saw this:

diesel gas prices

Seriously, the price went up $1.00 overnight!?!   @#^$%^%@#!!!!!!!!

Not only am I cranky because it's going to cost a lot more to fill up, but I also remember what happened to the housing market shortly after gas prices went through the roof last time.  When diesel prices rise like this, it impacts everything.  It effects transportation costs, food prices, and the cost to conduct farming activities.  Let's hope the middle east regains some stability soon, or we could be in for a long hard summer.

Don't you know I'd like to add some additional signiage to this marquee?!

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, February 24, 2011  7:46:03 PM
Cookeville Spring Real Estate Rush Starts Early This Year! 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Spring Real Estate Rush Starts Early This Year!

For a Realtor® who blogs daily, I've certainly been missing in action this week haven't I?  I apologize for my tardy behavior, but the Cookeville spring real estate rush came in like a tidal wave this week.  I've worked at least 12 hours every day this week just trying to keep up!

surfing

I can't help but feel this week should be noteworthy to anyone thinking of selling their home in Cookeville. With the market roaring to life this week, it's probably a good time to list your house if you plan to sell this year.  The spring real estate rush usually doesn't start until mid March, but I think the sudden break in the weather has people getting started earlier than usual. 

I'm also noticing that people aren't just "looking" this year. Almost every buyer who's contacted me this week is serious about buying this spring. A surprising number have already pre-qualified before ever calling me. I don't see the hesitancy about entering the real estate market that I saw last spring.

The bottom line is that if you plan to sell your house this year, you should be listing NOW!  By listing your house now, you will be a full month ahead of most sellers in the Cookeville real estate market. You will also have a better chance to sell right now because the available inventory of houses is low. Many sellers have been hesitant to list because the market has been so rough. Buyers in the market right now don't have a lot to look at! Given the number of serious buyers who are already shopping, the decision to list now could be extremely beneficial for the savvy seller.

daffodil

I will end today's blog with a prediction for this year's real estate market:

Houses with acreage will be HOT this year! The volatility in the financial markets and the inflation in commodities have buyers searching for acreage. They want at least 5 acres - room enough for a garden and a chicken coop. If the property has a barn, pond, or creek - All the better!

rooster

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, February 19, 2011  9:57:49 PM
The Blessings of Being a Realtor® 0 Comments Posted

The Blessings of Being a Realtor®

Just a few moments ago, and e-mail popped up in my in-box from a proud father. He was helping his daughter and future son-in-law look for a house.  His e-mail got me thinking about how blessed Realtors® really are.  Do you realize that we have the honor of being a part of the biggest moments in people's lives?

We help newlyweds purchase their first home. That's one of the biggest steps in a person's life. What an honor to be a part of it. 

newlyweds

We help new parents move up to a bigger home, and in the process, get to meet the new family member. How cool is it to help someone choose the perfect home to raise their children? This is where some of the most cherished memories will be made.

hands

Sometimes we help families move up into the big, beautiful home of their dreams. Perhaps that big promotion finally came through, or the business that person built has really taken off. This is a happy time and it's always a pleasure to help someone celebrate their success.

We help someone relocating for a job to settle in to our community. This can be a scary time, and we are charged with making that transition a little bit easier. Knowledge and dedication can help to make that scary time blossom into hope for a bright new future.

We help the newly divorced to close a chapter in their lives and move on.

We help the empty nester say goodbye to that large family home, and downsize into something more suitable. It's a bittersweet time for most people. It's a touching experience to be the Realtor® who makes that journey with someone.

retired couple

Sometimes we take the saddest walk of all with people. We help people who have just said goodbye to someone they loved. It's a painful and difficult time, and sometimes you cry right along with the client. It's not for the faint of heart, but it's always an honor to help someone get through the hardest moments in their lives.

Perhaps the biggest blessing of all is helping people through many such chapters of their lives. We become the family Realtor®, and sometimes service many generations of the same family. I wonder how many other professions are blessed with being such a part of people's lives?

sunflower

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, February 14, 2011  11:01:46 PM
Cookeville Real Estate and the American Way Caravan 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Real Estate and the American Way Caravan

It happens every Tuesday just like clockwork.  The agents of American Way Real Estate form up in a long caravan train and head out.  Where are we going?  We are off to tour the newest homes for sale in the Cookeville real estate market.  We won't be touring just any old homes; this VIP treatment is reserved for clients who list their home with an American Way agent. If you live in Putnam county, or within 15 miles of the Putnam county courthouse, then you are eligible for our caravan tour.

Now, you may be wondering "What's the big deal"?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  Think of the American Way caravan as your home's grand debut into the Cookeville real estate market. First and foremost, these agents are coming to see if your home is a match for any of the buyers they are currently working with.  Secondly, this gives the agents a chance to become familiar with your property for future reference.  If the phone rings the next day with a buyer asking about your property, all of these agents will be able to describe your home in detail and answer any questions the buyer has.  As you can imagine, it's very important to make a good first impression on caravan day.

American Way Real Estate caravan

So, How do you impress these guys?  In order of importance:

1. Be priced appropriately. These agents look at homes every day, and they know the Cookeville real estate market.  You do not want them remembering your home as the "overpriced" home.

2. Make sure your home is neat and clean.

3. Make sure your home smells great!

4. Consider setting out some treats with a note for the agents. This encourages them to linger a bit longer.  It's sneaky, I know, but if it works.....

Don't underestimate the importance of caravan. On average, each agent has at least 4 buyer clients at any given time. When this many agents come to tour your home, it can result in showings the same afternoon or the next day.  Not all companies offer this service, but American Way agents are out touring new listings every Tuesday.

This is just one marketing tool offered to American Way clients.  If you are thinking of selling your home in Cookeville or the surrounding area, give me a call. I'd love the opportunity to talk with you about all the other special things I do to get a home sold. 

 Spring is just around the corner, let's get moving!

spring tulips

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Tuesday, February 01, 2011  8:44:00 PM
Cookeville Homes with Acreage - The Hidden Cove Neighborhood 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Homes with Acreage - The Hidden Cove Neighborhood

Continuing with my blog series discussing Cookeville homes with acreage, today I'm going to tell you about the Hidden Cove neighborhood. 

Hidden Cove is a Cookeville subdivision where all the homes have at least 5 acres of land with them. This beautiful neighborhood is only about 7 miles from the Putnam county courthouse.  The drive to Hidden Cove is scenic, and you will pass several properties owned by nurseries on your way to the subdivision.

llama

Because all of the Hidden Cove homes have acreage, it's a very animal friendly neighborhood. There are several horse farms, a llama farm, and a farm with cattle and donkeys. Swine and poultry are not permitted.  This llama was curious about my shutterbug activities today, and ventured over for a close-up.

llamas

There are some homes with wooded lots in Hidden Cove, but most of the properties have rolling cleared acreage. Most of the subdivision sits in a valley, but a few of the homes are perched up on hills.  Here is a photo of the view from the top of Whippoorwill Hill.

cookeville homes with acreage

An unusual barn in Hidden Cove with horses in the pasture.

Hidden Cove Barn

There are currently 3 houses available for sale in Hidden Cove, including this beautiful home my company has listed. This home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 4420 square feet of living space. It also has 6.57 acres of land and an in ground pool.

hidden cove house

If you are searching for Cookeville homes with acreage, you might also want to read my blog about the homes at Dry Creek Meadows.  I will mention again that if you are looking for a home with acreage in Cookeville, it is important to note that anything outside of the city limits is unrestricted. If you are not comfortable with that, then you may want to consider one of the neighborhoods I am discussing here on my blog. I will continuing blogging about Cookeville homes with acreage until I have covered all the neighborhoods.

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, January 29, 2011  12:03:09 PM
Cookeville Homes with Acreage - The Dry Creek Meadows Neighborhood 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Homes with Acreage - The Dry Creek Meadows Neighborhood

I frequently work with buyers who want to purchase a home in the Cookeville area with acreage. Now, there's a very important fact you should know if you are going to look at Cookeville homes with acreage.  Here in our area, anything outside of the city limits is generally UNRESTRICTED.  This comes as a big surprise to buyers who aren't from the area, and it's an important factor to consider when searching for a home with acreage. Just to clarify, unrestricted means that there are no zoning regulations of any kind outside of city limits. Your neighbor can build or keep anything they like on their property.

If you aren't comfortable with the lack of restrictions, then it might be best to consider a neighborhood where all the homes have acreage.  There are not a lot of these types of neighborhoods in the area, but I plan to blog about each and every one of them. The first neighborhood I'm going to talk about is the Dry Creek Meadows neighborhood.

Dry Creek Meadow

The Dry Creek Meadows neighborhood is particularly dear to my heart because it's where I live. I absolutely love it here, and so do all my neighbors.  Dry Creek Meadows is located about 8 miles from the courthouse in town, and is at the very edge of Putnam county.  There are 35 homes in the neighborhood, and they all have acreage.  Many of the homes are tucked far back in the woods, and aren't visible from the roads that run through the neighborhood.

Dry Creek Meadows

There are restrictions in this neighborhood to help preserve property values and give you piece of mind. However, it is a country neighborhood and animals are permitted. For example, you can have horses in Dry Creek Meadows.  Many of the homes here have barns, workshops, studios, or other outbuildings. Here's one of the neighborhood barns wearing a coat of fresh snow.

Dry Creek Meadow Barn

The neighborhood consists of two roads, Timber Trail and Dry Creek Rd.  Timber Trail is a U-shape, and Dry Creek Rd runs through the center. Because of the way the roads are arranged, this is a great neighborhood to go walking in. The scenery is beautiful, and wildlife abundant. Creeks meander through the neighborhood, and there are numerous ponds such as this one:

Dry Creek Meadows pond

Most of the residents of Dry Creek Meadows have lived here for many years. They have an appreciation for wildlife, and also privacy.  Despite the fact that most homes are tucked away in the woods and private, you will still have the opportunity to meet your neighbors if you decide to call this neighborhood home.  Each summer there is a neighborhood picnic and many of the residents attend. I can also tell you that many of them are very good cooks!  :) 

cookeville acreage for saleOf course, because people love it here so much, there are rarely homes for sale. Currently there are two homes with acreage for sale, and three building lots are still available. Here's a picture of one of the lots that is currently available. It is listed with my company and has 7.38 acres for $68,000.

Here's a picture of one of the new homes just built in the neighborhood this year.

Dry Creek Meadows new house

With only 3 building lots left for sale in the neighborhood, there aren't many chances left to call Dry Creek Meadows home.

I will leave you with a picture of my favorite home in the neighborhood. (No, it's not mine.)

Dry Creek Meadows Tudor style home

        

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

Cookeville real estate

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, January 29, 2011  12:02:13 PM
Putnam County TN Real Estate Market Report - Week 3, January 2011 0 Comments Posted

Putnam County Real Estate Report for Week 3 January 2011

Door

January is traditionally a slow month for real estate here in the Upper Cumberland.  This week proved to be no exception, as the following numbers will show.

*This week (January 15th-22nd) there were a total of 539 homes for sale in Putnam county TN. This includes single family homes that are site built, as well as homes with acreage, mobile homes, and manufactured homes.

*There were 10 homes that went under contract this week. 

*There 16 homes that actually sold. 

*Unfortunately 14 homes expired without selling.

What does this mean for people trying to sell their homes in Putnam county TN?  It means the competition is fierce.  It means that your home needs to look great and have a great price if you hope to be one of the lucky people who finds a buyer and makes it to the closing table.  If you want to sell, you need to look at every home you are in competition with and ask if your home is the best value. If it isn't, you'll need to reduce your price so that your home is the best value in your price category.  Make no mistake; buyers have their choice of homes right now and they are shopping hard for the best buy. When I say best buy, I don't just mean price. It means they want the nicest home for the best price possible. Curb appeal and price are more important that ever right now!

greyhound race

What does this mean for buyers looking to purchase a home in Putnam county TN?  It means that it's a fantastic time to buy.  You have a lot to choose from, and not many other buyers to compete with. (Foreclosed properties are the exception to that statement, as many of them still get multiple offers the first week).  The interest rates are still very low, and that translates to a lower mortgage payment.

dog smile

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, January 22, 2011  10:17:56 PM
Cookeville Real Estate: Buying a Home 0 Comments Posted

Cookeville Real Estate: Buying a Home

  Wondering how to buy a home?  If so, you're not alone. Buying a home is one of the biggest steps in a person's life, and can be overwhelming if you've never done if before.  I find that the experience is much better if you know exactly what to expect.  So today, I'm going to discuss with you exactly what to expect every step of the way as you shop the Cookeville real estate market and go through the process of buying a home.

Step 1. Meet with the Realtor® of your choice and discuss what you want in a home.

Step 2. Your Realtor® should be able to provide you with a list of excellent loan officers.  Meet with the mortgage lender of your choice and do a pre-qualification.  This is a very important step. This will determine the price range of the house you can buy, and also determine what loan program you will be using.  Your Realtor® must know these things prior to beginning your search for houses to view.  Not all homes and loan programs work together. For example, a rural development loan may not be used for houses inside city limits. You would need to know this ahead of time so you don't fall in love with a house that you can't obtain a loan for.

Step 3. Set an appointment with your Realtor® to begin looking at houses. A good real estate agent will be patient and make this part of the process fun. You should look at as many houses as you necessary to find the one you fall in love with.  A good agent will enjoy showing you houses as much as you enjoy looking at them.

Step 4. When you find the perfect house, it's time to write an offer. Set aside at least 1 hour to write an offer.  You will also need to bring your checkbook so you can write an earnest money deposit. An earnest money deposit is negotiable, but in the Cookeville real estate market the norm is 1% of the purchase price you are offering. Earnest money is held in escrow if the seller accepts your offer. This money shows the seller that you are serious, and is credited back to you on the day of closing.

Step 5. Once the offer is accepted, it's time to get busy. Your Realtor® will forward a copy of the purchase agreement to your lender, and help you arrange for inspections. Within the first week, you will normally have a home inspection and a termite inspection.  You will also meet with the loan officer and begin the formal loan paperwork. The lender will also order an appraisal of the property you are purchasing.

(photographer:Renjith Krishnan, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net)

a. Home Inspection - The buyer pays for an independent home inspector to inspect the property. The inspector works for the buyer exclusively.  The home inspector's job is to inspect the property for defects and make the buyer aware of any problems found. The cost here in Cookeville for a home inspection is generally starts around $300.00, which the buyer pays to the home inspector on the day of inspection.

b. Termite Inspection - Buyer pays an independent termite inspector to go under inspect the house for any signs of termites.  If termites are found, it is the seller's responsibility to pay for any needed treatment. Cost for a termite inspection is generally $40-$75 here in the Upper Cumberland. This fee may be paid the day of closing. 

c. Appraisal - The loan officer will order an appraisal to make sure the home is worth what the buyer has agreed to pay for it.  The appraisal is strictly to determine value, and is required by all lenders. The cost is usually between $300-$400, and is paid by the buyer the day the lender orders it.

Step 6. Now for some good news.  If you've made it to this point in the home buying process, you can expect smooth sailing from now on. Once inspections are completed and any issues resolved, your loan officer and Realtor® will work to coordinate a closing date.  A couple of days prior to closing, you will need to make arrangements to have the utilities switch over into your name on the day of closing.

Step 7. This is the grand finale. Your Realtor® will accompany you to closing at an attorney's office. This is where you sign all the legal documents to make the house yours. Once everything is signed, the keys to the house are yours and you are officially a home owner in Cookeville Tennessee!

Virginia Kail

Realtor®

Cookeville TN native. A full time, full service agent for the entire Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.

931-260-4729 cell

www.VirginiaKail.com

American Way Real Estate Co.

931-526-9581 Office phone, 931-528-6569 Office Fax

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, January 15, 2011  8:12:59 PM
Let Your Realtor® Help you Find a Loan Officer in Cookeville 0 Comments Posted

If you are ready to buy a home in Cookeville, you might think a visit to a loan officer should be your first step. That isn't necessarily the case, especially if you are not from the area.  The truth is that a good loan officer can make the home buying process a dream come true, while a bad one can turn the entire experience into a nightmare.  This is where a visit or phone call to your Realtor® can save you a lot of heartache.

Photographer: jscreationzs, courtesy of www.freedigitalphotos.net

Real estate agents work with mortgage companies and lenders on a daily basis. You can bet your bottom dollar that they know who does a good job, as well as who hasn't performed so well in the past.  Your real estate agent should be able to give you a list of loan officers to speak with. You might want to talk with more than one of them and see who you feel will do the best job for you, particularly in the area of closing costs.

One last thing; I strongly recommend using a local lender.  It's been my experience that the big national lending companies are slower, and often create confusion in a transaction. Working with a local lender allows you to avoid the misery of the 1-800 number, automated menu navigation, and being on hold for an eternity.

It takes a team of hard working professionals to provide a smooth closing experience. Make sure you pick an all-star team. Start by talking to your Realtor®.

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, January 10, 2011  11:00:56 PM
Cookeville Braces for Major Winter Storm 0 Comments Posted

For a state that doesn't usually get much snow, Tennessee is really getting it this year.  Since the weather forecast is calling for ice and snow, I went to town today and stocked up on provisions.  I also made a point of buying a kerosene heater just in case we do end up without power.  It took some searching to find kerosene for the heater, but I finally found some at the mapco on Spring street in Cookeville (They still have one of the kerosene pumps there).  I was actually happy to see that Tractor Supply was completely sold out because that means folks here are taking precautions. Of course the bread aisle at wal-mart was wiped out, so people clearly bought the obligatory bread and milk.

View Comments | Add Comment Sunday, January 09, 2011  11:53:40 PM
Paid foreclosure websites are a rip-off! 0 Comments Posted

There, I said it.  If you do a search for "Cookeville foreclosures" on Google, tons of websites come up that promise you access to the newest foreclosures in the area.  Of course, you only have to click through a couple of them to see that you have to pay to actually see the list.  There are a couple of problems with this:

1. If you develop a relationship with an awesome real estate agent (like me), then you can get the list for free.  What's more, you can get new foreclosure listings e-mailed to you immediately so that you are the first to know when a new foreclosure is listed.  How do you develop a relationship with an awesome agent like me?  Call or e-mail me, and tell me you are interested in purchasing foreclosed properties.  I'll be happy to set you up with access to them, as long as you call on me to assist you with the actual purchase. It's really that simple.

2. The other huge problem with these "foreclosure" websites is that they are horribly out of date.  You pay your money to gain access to the listings, and discover that many of them sold 6 months ago.  I can't tell you how often I get a call about one of my foreclosure listings that's already sold. The person on the other end says, "But website ABC shows it as available".  That's because website ABC doesn't update their site very often, and if they did, the list wouldn't be very exciting.

The bottom line is that most foreclosure websites are a rip-off. They are offering to sell you outdated information that a good agent could provide you for free.  If you've been wondering how to get a free foreclosure list, now you know.

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, January 08, 2011  10:07:54 AM
What your front door is saying to me 0 Comments Posted

Your front door talks to me. No, I'm not going mad or hearing voices. You may not realize it, but the color on the front door tells me something about you and what I can expect to find behind the door.

When I arrive to show a house, the first thing I notice is the front door.  There are doors that I love, and doors that I hate. Before I talk about door color, let me say that those cheap, flimsy 70's wood doors are right out.  The stained, mottled, splotchy kick plate is also right out. With that said, let me first talk about the front doors that I love.

1. The Red door.  This is my absolute favorite. When I see a red door, I expect a vibrant and well decorated home.  I love, love, love red doors!

2. Classic White door. If it's a nice bright white, then I'm expecting to open the door to a crisp and clean home with neutral colors throughout.

3. The Black door. This is another door color that I really like.  When I see a glossy black door, I expect an elegant, traditional interior.  (This also applies to dark navy).

4. The Wooden door.  This one really depends on the style of the door itself. In general though, I like wood doors as long as they are up-to-date and in good condition.

Now, there are two door colors that I particularly dislike.

1. The Yellow door.  Maybe it looks good in the mediterranean, but not in Tennessee. Yuck.

2. The Country Blue door. This one makes me want to poke my eyeballs before entering the house, because the odds are pretty good that the decor is going to be hideously outdated. I have yet to ever see a country blue door that looked good.

3. The funky door colorslike purple, aqua, orange, lime green ect.  I have seen 2 houses in my career that could pull off this look. Both belonged to artists, and the whole house was so funky and cool that it just worked.

For the record, if I ever see a door that knocks my socks off in one of the colors I dislike, I'm totally open to changing my opinion. If it ever happens, I promise to update my blog.

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, January 06, 2011  10:39:25 PM
Where are all the Cookeville condos? 0 Comments Posted

One of the questions I hear the most from retirees relocating to Cookeville, TNis, "Where are all the condominiums"?  Apparently condos are the norm for many retirees from larger cities. They definitely are not the norm here on the Cumberland plateau.  We have just a handful of condo units available. In fact, the few condo developments we have are a fairly new thing for the area. I personally think the ones we have were inspired by people who retired to this area from another state.

The closest I can come to explaining the lack of condominiums in our area is best summed up in the words "Independence".  Folks here in Tennessee like their space, and most can't imagine living in houses that are "right on top of each other".  Many native Tennesseans who are of retirement age still put out huge gardens each year. They have worked the land most of their lives, and they aren't giving it up just because they have officially "retired".  So, I guess what I'm saying is that it's a cultural thing.  Most folks round these parts like a bit of elbow room.  :)

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, January 05, 2011  11:57:45 PM
Agents that Company Hop 0 Comments Posted

I don't discuss my pet peeves very often, but I'm going to touch on one today.  I know they say that "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence", but what is with the agents who change companies all the time?  Perhaps the more pressing question on my mind is: why do sellers stick with them?  I understand that occasionally an agent may change companies, and I'm not referring to that.  I'm referring to the agents who change companies every year, and sometimes multiple times in a year.  It seems to me that if this is necessary, the problem probably lies with you and not the company.

I'm surprised more sellers don't think the same thing. If I were in a seller's shoes, I'd be looking for a relationship with an agent who's a bit more stable.  If an agent can't get along with other agents at any company, how long are they going to get along with you, Mr. or Mrs. Seller?

Oh, and just think how much fun negotiations will be down the road!

View Comments | Add Comment Tuesday, January 04, 2011  9:20:15 PM
How to Tell if a Listing is a Foreclosure 0 Comments Posted

Did you know that banks often do not permit listing agents to identify homes as foreclosures in advertising?  Most people do not realize this little known fact, and often blaze right past foreclosures in the mls.  Here are some clues that help you to identify a hidden bargain:

1. Description states that the house is being sold As Is-Where Is.

2. Description says that buyers will be required to sign additional disclosures or addendums.

3. Description indicates that some type of special financing is available for the property.

4. Description indicates that investors may not bid for a certain time period.  Foreclosures that are government owned often carry this provision because they give preference to buyers who plan to live in the property.

5. Description says that there is a bidding period of x number of days.  Some banks take this approach to encourage multiple offers and get the best price possible for the property.

These are just a few indicators that you can watch for when looking at properties online. Of course, the best way to buy a foreclosure is to work closely with an agent who specializes in them. This insures that you will be the first to know about any new foreclosure listing that hits the market. 

If you are interested in a foreclosure in Cookeville, Sparta, Livingston, Monterey, Gainesboro, or Baxter TN, I can help.  I specialize in the following Upper Cumberland counties: Putnam, Overton, White, and Jackson.

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, January 03, 2011  12:43:22 AM
Choosing a Birdhouse 0 Comments Posted

I've mentioned before how much I like birdhouses, and so today I'd like to mention a few tips for new homeowners looking to provide accommodations for feathered friends.

Many people go shopping and find beautiful, elaborate birdhouses that look great in the yard. It can quickly become a disappointment when no birds take up residence in said penthouse.  One of the chief reasons many be toxic materials.  When choosing a birdhouse, it is important to make sure it is constructed of materials not harmful to birds.  You should also make sure the birdhouse has a door or removable top so that you can clean it out if need be.

It is also important to research what type of birdhouse attracts what bird.  Who knew birds were so picky, right?  Certain birds need certain size entrances, and they also may prefer a certain dimensions inside. Lastly, it is important to make sure there is adequate ventilation and drainage holes in the birdhouse, so that baby birds don't drown or suffocate.

The best time to add a new birdhouse is winter or early spring, which means now is a great time to shop for a new bird house.

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, January 01, 2011  5:27:58 PM
Giving Thanks 0 Comments Posted

As 2010 draws to a close, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for and that there are a lot of people I should thank. You have only to turn on the television to see that 2010 has been a hard year in general.  Real estate has continued to decline in value, sales are down and foreclosures are up. What the news hasn't really talked about is how hard it's been for people in the real estate industry. Agents and companies have left the business in droves. This year I am grateful to still be in business, and not only that, to have continued to grow my business.  I am grateful to work at a company with people who inspire and motivate me.

2010 had also been a difficult year for me personally as well. This year I've had a beloved family member and two very good friends depart this world.  Still, as hard as that is, I have to be grateful for the fact that they were a part of my life at all.  Their passing has left me a little more humble and human, and all the more grateful for the people who remain in my life.

I am also, ever grateful for my clients. This year was unusual in that I sold houses to several people who have become good friends. That is perhaps the most rewarding thing about this job. It is truly a blessing to work with clients who are so awesome that you are able to call them a friend at the end of the day. 

And Now, Onward and Upward into 2011!

View Comments | Add Comment Friday, December 31, 2010  11:33:48 AM
Empty House? Be Sure to Winterize. 0 Comments Posted

With extremely cold weather (and tough economic times) sweeping through the nation, I want to touch on a basic home maintenance issue that could help save some money and problems down the road.  If you have a home sitting vacant during the winter, be sure to winterize it.  Here in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee, it costs about $75.00 to have a licensed plumber come in and do a complete winterization.  This basic preventative maintenance procedure can keep pipes from freezing, and that could save you hundreds of dollars down the road. 

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, December 29, 2010  10:20:09 PM
At last, a white Christmas! 0 Comments Posted

It's funny how something as simple as snow on Christmas can lift the spirits of humanity. Here in Tennessee we always hope for a white Christmas, but there's only a 7% chance of actually getting it. This year, we did!  It's been 17 years since the last white Christmas, and everyone here is just delighted.

I ventured out around my neighborhood to capture a few pictures to share with you all. You will notice a lot of birdhouses, but I simply cannot help myself. I love birdhouses! Very few simple things in life hold such charm, and a birdhouse covered in snow is all the more charming. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

View Comments | Add Comment Sunday, December 26, 2010  3:10:01 PM
Realtor Repellent 0 Comments Posted

Sometimes I just feel sorry for sellers out there. Why?  I look at their home listed in the MLS, and it has Realtor repellent written all over it.  I suspect they must not know. After all, if they have listed the house they must want to sell it, right?

What exactly is Realtor repellent?  I'm glad you asked!  I'll give you some examples I saw tonight while browsing the Upper Cumberland MLS for homes to show tomorrow.

1. Only 1 picture.  This absolutely screams that the inside of the house must be so terrible that the listing agent was ashamed to include pictures of it.

2. No description.  Really?  If the listing agent couldn't find a single positive point to talk about, why do I want to waste my buyer's time coming to look at it?

3. 24 hour notice.  I know that life keeps you busy, and 24 hour notice would be great. Here's the thing: My buyers didn't give me 24 hour notice, and that happens a lot. If your listing says 24 hour notice, I'm skipping it since I can't comply with that request.  Wouldn't it be better to just say appointment only, so that I'll at least TRY to show it?

4. "No Lockbox, Seller will let you in". No thank you!  I want my buyers to have a great experience buying a home. Nothing is more awkward than having the seller home during showings.  Unless the buyer specifically tells me that it's OK for the seller to be there, we won't be stopping in. 

Any listing agent worth their salt would explain to a seller that the above mentioned things result in Realtors avoiding their home like the plague. Yet, a quick scan of the MLS tells me that some sellers must not know.  If you have your home on the market and aren't getting any showings, maybe it's time to look it up in the MLS and see if you have Realtor repellent written all over it.

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, December 20, 2010  8:51:53 PM
Cookeville in America's Top 10 Retirement Places 0 Comments Posted

For many years now, Cookeville has continued to rank in the top 10 most affordable retirement places.  The study by Rand McNally looks at criteria that most retirees deem highly important. In 2009, Cookeville TN came in at the number 9 spot.  Here is a look at 2009's top 10:

1. Brevard, NC          6. Las Cruces, NM

2. Asheville, NC        7. Harrison, AR

3. Clarkesville, NC    8. Roswell, NM

4. Crossville, TN       9. COOKEVILLE, TN

5. Lexington, KY      10. Camden/Penobscot Bay ME

In addition to the Rand McNally survey, Cookeville is also ranked in the top 5 most economical cities in the nation in 2009 by the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association (ACCRA).

If you are thinking of retiring to Tennessee, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Cookeville.  You will find that we have all the amenities of a big city, in a small town atmosphere.  Many retirees that I've worked with have asked about the local hospitals.  I can proudly say that our hospital has won numerous awards and offers top notch care. They are happy to give visitor tours and answer questions.

View Comments | Add Comment Friday, December 17, 2010  10:44:47 PM
There are some things that money can't buy 0 Comments Posted

At least once a week I receive a recruiting e-mail from some other real estate company.  I hit the delete button without ever opening it.  Yes, I know they have great incentives and sure, maybe they even offer a better commission split.  I don't open the e-mail because none of those things would change my mind. They simply don't matter.  There are some things that money can't buy.

Money can't buy friendship, trust, or support when you need it most.  Money won't buy you 60+ agents who cheer when you achieve success, or who lift you up when you are down. Money can't buy team spirit, empathy, compassion, and even love. Some of these agents have walked right beside me through personal tragedy, scary situations, and big life events.  When I say that I love working at American Way, I mean it from the bottom of my heart.  I'm blessed to work at a company with an incentive package that can't be matched. There are some things in life that money can't buy.

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, December 16, 2010  11:27:00 PM
Woooo Baby It's Cold Out There! 0 Comments Posted

Winters in Tennessee tend to be pretty mild, and snowfall of any significance is rare.  This week a frigid cold front swept through Tennessee, and we received about 6" of snow.  Tuesday night was the coldest night we've had in almost a year, with lows in the teens.  It was too cold to venture out for much picture taking, but I did get these three to share with you.

Bluebird fluffed out and trying to stay warm.

I'm not sure what type of bird this is, but he came for a breakfast of purple beauty berries outside my sun room window.

My favorite lunch spot.

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, December 15, 2010  3:35:35 PM
Basic Information about Cookeville Tennessee 0 Comments Posted

I thought it might be nice to provide some basic community data about Cookeville for people considering relocating here.  Cookeville is the county seat of Putnam county, and the largest town in the upper cumberland. Approximately 25,000 Upper Cumberland residents travel to Cookeville each day, as Cookeville acts as the main hub for the surrounding counties as well.

Population: Cookeville has a population of approximately 30,000. Putnam county has a population of approximately 71,000.

Climate:  The average annual temperature here is 76 degrees F.  The average high for January is 52.9 degrees F., and the average low is 37.9 degrees F.  The average high for July is 88.8 degrees F., and the average low is 67.2 degrees F.  We average 8" of snowfall per year, and the altitude here is 1,140 ft above sea level.

Taxes:  Tennessee does not have a state income tax, but we do have sales tax. The state sales tax amount is 7%, and Putnam county is 2.75%, for a grand total of 9.75% sales tax here in Putnam county.  Property tax (Rate per $100)@25% of assessed value:  Cookeville: 0.87 and Putnam county: 2.75.

Unemployment rate as of June 2009 is 10.3%.  The Median Household Income is $39,553.00, and per capita Income is $25,713.00  Putnam county has over 100 manufacturing facilities, with approximately 28% of the county's work force being employed in manufacturing jobs.  The largest manufacturers in the area are: Perdue Farms (Meat processor), Cummins Inc. (Air, Water&Oil filters), Oreck (vacuum cleaners), TUTCO (heating elements), DACCO (automotive transmission parts), and Flowserve (hydraulic valves).

Largest non-manufacturing employers in Putnam county listed in order are: Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Putnam County Board of Education, Averitt Express, State of TN, City of Cookeville, Frontier Communications, Sun Trust Bank, First Tennessee Bank, First National Bank, Jackson Bank & Trust, Wal-Mart, Putnam county.

You might also be interested to know that Cookeville continues to be ranked in the top 10 most affordable retirement places.  I will write more about this in an upcoming blog post.

View Comments | Add Comment Tuesday, December 14, 2010  9:40:38 PM
Inexpensive House in Overton County? You Should be Listing! 0 Comments Posted

Over the past couple of days I've been doing some statistic research for an upcoming foreclosure in Livingston TN.  My research revealed a bit of a surprise. Would you believe there are currently only 22 site built houses for sale in Overton county for under $100k?  That's right, and that means it's a good time to sell if you have a house that fits into that category.  A combination of bad economic news and the holidays has potential sellers waiting until the new year.  My advice is to get that house listed asap!  It's true that there aren't as many buyers during the winter months. However, those buyers who are shopping during the winter are serious.  If you need to sell, now is the time to take advantage of the lack of competition.  After all, you can't sell a house if it's not listed.

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, December 13, 2010  7:14:26 PM
The Radio City Rockettes 0 Comments Posted

Last night I spent the evening with one of my best girlfriends, celebrating out birthdays. My birthday is at the first of December and hers is Christmas eve.  If you have a birthday in December, you know that everyone wants to combine your Christmas gift with your birthday gift, and it actually never feels much like a birthday at all.  Since she and I are in the same boat, we pick a night in between our birthdays to go and celebrate with each other.  Since Nashville is an easy drive from Cookeville, we usually go to Nashville to celebrate. This year we went to Nashville to see the Radio City Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry.  I planned to have lots of nice pictures to share with you, but we found ourselves in the midst of a monsoon and not really fit for pictures.  When you buy tickets, they recommend that you arrive early.  Let me tell you from first hand experience, this is like the airport - arrive waaaaay early if you don't want to be late!  The pouring rain had traffic snarled up so bad at the Gaylord Opryland complex that we were late!

The show itself was wonderful.  The broad stage at the Grand Ole Opry house makes the whole show feel just you are watching a show on Broadway. The Rockettes are beautiful, the ballet dancers graceful, and the sets and costumes were just spectacular.  Aside from all the dance routines, the grand finale is a live nativity scene complete with camels, sheep, and a little donkey. I was particularly impressed with the beautiful costumes that the wise men and their entourages wore.  I'm sure I will go see the Rocketts again, and this time, maybe earlier in the season because you really can't leave this show and not be in the Christmas spirit!

View Comments | Add Comment Sunday, December 12, 2010  8:53:49 PM
Cookeville TN is a Great Central Location 0 Comments Posted

In my day-to-day job I meet a lot of people who know they want to relocate to Tennessee, but don't know exactly where in Tennessee they want to be.  I've worked with many people who are looking at houses in more than one Tennessee town, but they almost always choose Cookeville TN.  Why?  Besides the fact that it's just a great place to live, it's also centrally located with Interstate 40 running right through the edge of town.  An 80 mile drive west on I-40 takes you to Nashville, or an 80 mile drive to the east takes you to Knoxville. You'll also find Chattanooga TN is about 80 miles to the south, and a straight drive from Cookeville on Hwy 111.  This is particularly nice for couples that both commute to work in opposite directions, or for salespeople responsible for a territory somewhere here in the southern states. 

View Comments | Add Comment Sunday, December 12, 2010  8:19:14 PM
What You Say Can Really Backfire! 0 Comments Posted

We tend to think that positive messages motivate and negative messages tear a person down.  In general that is true, but it isn't always true.  One of my greatest real estate motivators was this negative comment:  "She won't make it four months".

You see, one of the guys I graduated from real estate school with went to work as a team member for one of the area top producers.  Within the first few days of starting his job there, he was telling the others about the person he thought was "most likely to succeed" from his real estate class.  That's when his top producer boss made her dire prediction.

Imagine my dismay as a new agent when I heard about this comment.  After the shock and hurt wore off, another emotion came along. Dogged Determination.  I'm not sure you could have given me better motivation than that.  I dug into my new career with the ferocity of a rabid wombat!  It's been five years now, and I've taken great satisfaction in proving that I'm here to stay.  I also take great satisfaction in competing against her for listings - and winning!  I wonder what she would think if she knew she inspired me like no other.

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, December 11, 2010  12:10:58 PM
The Upper Cumberland Resource You Don't Want to Miss! 0 Comments Posted

Wouldn't it be great if someone created a great local resource that's a cross between E-bay and Craigs List?  Here in Cookeville, someone did just that.  Well, I shouldn't say Cookeville exactly.  It's really more of the Southeast, with a focus on the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.  Whether you want to buy or sell something, you will love this resource.  This website allows local people to advertise items for sale, complete with pictures.  I'm not just talking about a few things either; this website is huge.  It has everything from home and garden supplies, to cars for sale, to homes and land for sale.  What is this miraculous website?  It's The Local Sales Network, or www.golsn.com

If you are just moving to the area and need furniture or various other household items, you might want to check LSN first. You could save a bunch of money.  If you are moving and have things you don't want, list them for sale on LSN and they will be gone before you know it.

View Comments | Add Comment Friday, December 10, 2010  8:52:55 PM
Blue Coast Burrito opens in Cookeville 0 Comments Posted

Because Cookeville is a fairly small town, it's a big deal when a new restaurant opens.  A couple of weeks ago, Blue Coast Burrito opened it's doors.  The first few weeks a new restaurant is open here, it's super busy.  Today it wasn't too crowded, so I stopped in to give the new place a try.  I have to say, it was really good!  For only a couple bucks more than you'd spend at McDonalds, you can get a healthy meal.  I was particularly fascinated by the fact that they do something to the burrito shell so that it sticks together. Most burritos fall apart while you try to eat it, so it was impressive that this one did not.  I give the new place very high marks and plan to visit again.

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, December 09, 2010  6:43:33 PM
Celebrate the Victories 0 Comments Posted

It's been a rough couple of years for those of us who work in real estate. I think this year has probably been the hardest year yet.  I know that for me personally, I've had to overcome a lot more obstacles to get transactions closed. I also know that I'm not alone in this. I've heard numerous other agents talking about it.

Because of the level of difficulty, I think it's more important than ever to celebrate the victories.  You can trudge through a great deal of adversity if you occasionally win.  When you celebrate those wins, I think it helps to carry you through to the next victory.  Celebrate with your friends, family, and fellow agents.  I'm fortunate that my company celebrates in a big way, with your name up on the marquee out front for being the top salesperson of the week.  Talk about a morale booster!  I'm also lucky to work with a bunch of fantastic agents that love to celebrate the wins with each other.  Here I am, celebrating my big win for the week.

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, December 09, 2010  6:28:34 PM
First Stop 0 Comments Posted

Are you coming to visit Cookeville for the first time?  Make the Highlands Visitor Center one of your first stops upon arrival.  The visitor center is located just a few blocks off I-40, and offers lots of free local information.  You can pick up a visitor guide from the chamber of commerce, get a free map of the area, and information on tourist attractions.  You might also enjoy walking around the visitor center and taking a look at all the photos from the area.  The staff is friendly and helpful, and will answer any questions you might have.  The Visitor Center is located at 470-A Neal Street in Cookeville, and is open every day from 9am-5pm.

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, December 08, 2010  7:41:54 PM
Cookeville's Hidden Gem - Cane Creek Park 0 Comments Posted

Did you know that there's a big park just up the road from all the major shopping in Cookeville?  If you didn't, don't feel bad. There are folks who have lived here there entire lives and don't know about it.

The park I'm talking about is Cane Creek Park, located at 201 CC Camp Rd.  This park is suprisingly large to be so close to town.  It has a large lake with a running trail alongside the shoreline.  It also has hiking trails, a huge Frisbee golf course, a volleyball court, basketball court, and lots of pavilions for entertaining. Opposite the park, there's Cane Creek Recreation Center.  The center features all kinds of aerobics, pilates, and yoga classes.  The neat thing is that you can pay for the classes as you go, which is great for the person who doesn't want a monthly gym membership.

The park attracts all kinds of migratory birds. When I stopped by the park today, a large flock of Canadian Geese had just settled in for the evening.  Here are a few pictures of the park for you to enjoy.

Play VisualTour

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, December 08, 2010  7:06:01 PM
Upper Cumberland Foreclosures 0 Comments Posted

The number of foreclosures available for purchase here in the Upper Cumberland (Putnam, Overton, Jackson, Clay, White, Cumberland, and Dekalb counties) region of Tennessee has remained fairly steady for the past year or so.  The number of REO properties for sale tends to hover around 80, although we currently have only 70 available. 

Foreclosures in the Cookeville/Putnam county area sell the fastest.  If you are interested in Putnam county foreclosures, then you need to have an experienced foreclosure specialist actively watching for new listings for you.  Some of these homes have multiple offers within the first few days they are listed. The winter months are particularly good months for investors to purchase distressed property, as the number of buyers tends to be lower during this time. Less competition translates to better prices for the buyers who are still in the market.

For a weekly updated list of available REO properties, just send me an e-mail.  I also offer a tips and tricks guide to purchasing foreclosed property. I am an experienced REO listing agent, and enjoy guiding buyers through this complicated but financially rewarding purchase.

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, December 06, 2010  1:59:16 PM
An Open Letter to My First Time Home Buyers 0 Comments Posted

Dear First Time Home Buyer,

    I know that buying your first home can be a little scary and working with a Realtor can be intimidating. So, I wanted to write you an open letter that comes straight from my heart and tells you exactly what I want for you, my wonderful client.

    I want you to look forward to touring homes, from beginning to end. From the moment we leave the office to look at the first house, until the day I hand you the keys to your first home, I want you to laugh and enjoy the process and the time we spend together.  That's right, home buying can actually be fun!  It's really important to me that buying your first home is a good experience.  I want you to see as many homes as it takes to find the one you fall in love with.  If we need to see 100, then we will have a blast doing so! 

     I want you to feel like you hit the Realtor jackpot; that you've found someone you can trust, talk to, depend on, and who's totally devoted to YOU. Why? Because I am. If I choose to work with you, then I see someone special that I'd like to get to know better.  I want you to think of me as your friend, because I want to be your confidant and friend long after you've settled into the home of your dreams.

   Sound too good to be true? There's only one way to find out.  I'll look forward to meeting you soon!

Kindest Regards,

Virginia

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, September 16, 2010  11:35:08 PM
What's in Your Garden? 0 Comments Posted

When you go through your list of reasons why it's great to be a home owner, here's one you probably didn't think of.  You can have your own garden.

Now, if you are thinking "What's the big deal about that?", then stay with me as I wind my way merrily through the many reasons why having a garden is a wonderful thing.

1. Healthy, Non-Poisonous food!   The bottom line is this: if you didn't grow it yourself, you really don't know what's in it or on it.  Just think of how many salmonella cases we've heard about recently.  In your own garden, you have the choice to be pesticide free.  In addition, you can grow food that is not genetically modified. (I'll talk a little more about this later).

2. Environmental responsibility.  By amending your garden soil with compost from your own compost bin, you prevent fertilizer run-off.  I know one little garden doesn't make much of a dent in the water contamination created by massive commercial farming operations, but every little bit helps. I always feel like I can't complain about something if I'm guilty of contributing to the problem.   Speaking of commercial farming operations, by planting heirloom seeds you are fighting back against those GMO crops I mentioned above.  Individuals must work to preserve heirloom crops, or eventually we could live in a world where we are held hostage by large corporations who produce seeds that don't reproduce.  What the heck does that mean?  It means, next year you have to go buy new seeds from that company because the ones you saved from last year are genetically modified to be good for only 1 generation.   Very clever, no?  Lastly on the environmental issue, something so important that it gets it's own number.

3. Helping Honey Bees.  In the past week an article came out that said 30% of the American Honey Bee population was lost over the past winter.  This is hugely important because those little bees pollinate our crops.  Einstein once pointed out that without Honey Bees, we don't have food.  Scientists are at a loss to explain the phenomenon know as Colony Collapse. The bees are dying and we don't know why. I'm including a link to the recent article and if you care to know, it explains some of the theories as to what it killing the little guys.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/02/food-fear-mystery-beehives-collapse

One of the potential causes mention in the article above is, you guessed it, those pesky GMO crops.  By growing heirloom vegetables, you give the bees something to eat that hasn't been tampered with.  Don't spray your garden with pesticides, and you do yourself and the bees a favor.  I tend to favor the idea that GMO crops and pesticides are responsible for this.  All the other things mentioned in the article have been around for a long time. The GMO crops and pesticides are fairly new inventions, and coincide with colony collapse. (Just think, if it's killing the bees, what's it doing for us?)

4. Self Sufficiency.   Aside from the fact that most of the food in your local grocery store is "faux food", I think it's also important to point out that those shelves have to be restocked every 3 days.  So, in an emergency those shelves can become empty in a hurry.  I can't help but think that it would be nice to have SOME food in the backyard at least!  Of course, I'm a born and raised southern gal, so I grew up with an appreciation for home grown food.  *grin*

5. Social Responsibility.  As citizens of humanity, we have a responsibility to ensure that the next generation can feed themselves.  As we head into a new century where giant corporations are creating seeds that are only good for one generation, we must strive to preserve the plants from the past.  I think we have a right to grow our own food, and not be obligated to obtain the means from some company. If we fail to stop the take-over of GMO crops, we have essentially sold the next generation into slavery.

Whew!  That was some heavy stuff for a little blog article on gardening, huh?  I feel a little guilty for dumping all that on you, so I'll sum it up with something lighter:

Gardening is a great way to relax and let off some steam!  There's something about working with the soil that reminds you of what's real, and helps keep you in touch with mother nature.

Happy Gardening Y'all!

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, May 05, 2010  11:24:40 PM
Toxic Seafood Warning 0 Comments Posted

You might remember in a previous blog post, that I was complaining about not being able to find fresh fish in the grocery store that wasn't from China.  I came across this news report on YouTube, and thought I would share it with all of you.

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With 80% of all seafood being imported from 3rd world nations, and the FDA only testing 1%, this is serious folks!

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, April 05, 2010  10:46:25 AM
Ice Falls 0 Comments Posted

Today I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon showing 450 acres of raw, wild beauty.  My favorite part was following along beside the Blackburn Fork River.  Along one portion of the river, we saw these beautiful icicles forming frozen waterfalls off the bluffs. 

 

For those of you "not from 'round here", the Blackburn Fork River flows into the Roaring River, which flows into the Cumberland River.  It's really a beautiful drive to pick up along the Blackburn Fork River in Putnam county and follow the river system through isolated country side until in joins the Cumberland River in Jackson County.  If you want a beautiful Sunday drive, I highly recommend it.

You know people are sometimes suprised that I get out and work property like this, but the truth is, I love to show this type of property every bit as much as a house.  I've been an avid hiker all my life, and I love to get out of the office and explore a piece of raw land. I think there's a bit of excitement in finding out what's around the next bend or over the next ridge.  Today we saw some wild turkey, a pair of red tail hawks, and a whole school of small mouth bass.  Pure Bliss!

View Comments | Add Comment Friday, January 15, 2010  11:24:46 PM
Artist Spotlight 0 Comments Posted

As some of you may know, I used to work as a full time glass artist.  Now I am generally so  busy with real estate, that my lampworking has become more of a hobby.  The nice thing about having worked as a full time artist was getting to know the other artisans in the area.  As a former member of TACA (Tennessee Association of Craft Artists), I have a deep appreciation of hand crafted things.  I think society as a whole is loosing touch with the concept of "hand crafted", and it truly is a loss, as nothing mass produced in some other country will ever match the craftsmanship and beauty of something artisan made.  In an ongoing effort to support our local artists, I like to feature them here on my blog from time to time.

So, tonight I'd like to introduce you to a wonderful blacksmith/artist named Stiv Mackey.  Stiv produces a huge variety of metalworked items, ranging from whimsical garden figures, to beautiful custom items for your home.  Aside from producing amazing work, you'll find that Stiv is a fascinating guy to chat with.  If you have a chance to talk with him at an art show, I would highly encourage you to do so.  I've included a picture of one of Stiv's whimsical little frogs below, but there is so much more to see at his website: www.stivmackey.com

"Frog Sinatra"

Seriously, could you really walk past this little guy without smiling?  Absolutely Adorable!

PS:  Remember, buying locally keeps money in our community. Support your local artists!

View Comments | Add Comment Wednesday, January 13, 2010  10:26:45 PM
Closing out the year 0 Comments Posted

As the year draws to a close, I'm taking some time to reflect.  Obviously it's been a rough year in the real estate world, but then, that's all you've heard about from the talking heads on television, so you don't need me to repeat it.  I try really hard to stay upbeat and positive, no matter how hard the going gets (and the going got pretty rocky this year)!  So, I'll share a little secret with you.  This has been my best year ever in real estate!  I'm not sure what I did to deserve so many wonderful clients, super-positive friends, and supportive family, but I'm ever so glad to have them!  I'm closing out this year with a grateful heart and hope for an even brighter 2010, and I wish the same for all of you.

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, December 28, 2009  10:38:16 PM
Tax Credit 0 Comments Posted

Homebuyer Tax credit expanded and extended into 2010!

It's still a bit confusing to get the actual facts about this out on the web, so I thought I'd post the basics here for those of you who are curious.

-First time homebuyers can receive a tax credit of up to $8,000 dollars. This is available to buyers who have not owned a home in the past three years.

-New tax credit of up to $6,500 dollars available for people who buy a home, and have owned a home for 5 of the past 8 years.  Sound confusing?  Let me clarify:  If you have owned a home for 5 consecutive years during the past 8 years, you qualify.  For example, if you sold the home a year ago and have been renting, you would be able to qualify for the credit.  Or obviously, if you still own the house you could also get the $6500 tax credit for purchasing a new personal residence.  This would be a good opportunity for someone who'd like to buy something new, and rent out their existing home.

-The time frame on this is limited....you have until April 30th, 2010!

View Comments | Add Comment Tuesday, November 10, 2009  10:27:17 PM
Autumn in Tennessee 0 Comments Posted

The last leaves are falling now, here in Tennessee.  Autumn has been truly spectacular this year; an absolute riot of brilliant fall colors.  Last week as I drove along the shoreline of Cordell Hull lake, I chanced upon a solitary Blue Herron perched on a log in the water.  With a light drizzle falling, it was really too good a picture to pass up.  See if it doesn't pull at your heart strings a bit!

View Comments | Add Comment Monday, November 09, 2009  4:53:14 PM
Thursday, September 24th 2009 0 Comments Posted

Good Afternoon all!  I thought I'd take a few minutes to share my latest news.

A few nights ago I found a tiny black kitten abandoned, and in pitiful shape.  Her little eyes are still blue, so I'm sure she's no more than 8 weeks old.  After a few good meals and some medicine, she's turned out to be the quintessential black cat, arching up and hissing at the dog with her fur all fluffed out.  Very sweet natured toward people, however.

Now, I already have a cat and had sworn not to get another.  So, I set about trying to find a home for her, but not expecting to actually find one.  A couple of weeks ago the local animal shelter here did a big drive to adopt solid black animals. It seems most folks don't adopt them, which baffles me because a black cat would be my first chose every time.  Superstition, I suppose.   Anyway, imagine my suprise when someone came along who wanted her.  The even bigger suprise came when I found I couldn't let her go. So, I named her "Boo" because she reminds me so much of a Halloween cat, and because I adopted her on the first day of Autumn.  Here she is, my little Boo kitty:

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, September 24, 2009  4:35:02 PM
Saturday, September 19th 2009 0 Comments Posted

One of the truly remarkable things about living in Tennessee are the daily encounters with wildlife.  Several times a day, I'm able to look out my window and see deer in my yard.  This year, one of the does had twins.  Here she is standing in my front yard with one of her little fawns.

View Comments | Add Comment Saturday, September 19, 2009  7:04:09 PM
Going to Need a Bigger Boat 0 Comments Posted

The thing everyone here in Cookeville is talking about today is, without a doubt, the flooding we are having.  Over the past 48 hours, we've gotten over 9" of rainfall, breaking a 115 year record.  The really bad news is that the weather forcast calls for 2 more days of rain.  Some people really know how to make the best of any situation though, and this Tennessee Tech student proves it!

View Comments | Add Comment Thursday, September 17, 2009  10:41:42 AM