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Plans Are The Key

Getting a job. Losing weight. Finding / maintaining / ending a relationship. Planning vacation. Most of us plan for these and other events in our lives. But an amazing number of people don’t make plans when buying a home. It is a big step that inv... Read more

How Big Is That House?

It sounds like a simple question. But the answers can vary. In many states, Tennessee included, the square footage of the home is heated living space. Garages aren’t included. Unfinished basement doesn’t count. Screened porches are wonderful b... Read more

Words Count

This sign stopped me in my tracks. It’s a good reminder to review your work before hitting the “SEND” button. Multi-tasking is great. Speed is wonderful. Accuracy is priceless...and rare. Enjoy and remember the next time you write someth... Read more

Rafters vs. Trusses

I saw a truck heading out of Cookeville TN this morning, loaded with home roof trusses. It reminded me of customer questions about trusses and rafters. Rafters or trusses support roofs. Both systems are widely used. Both have advantages. And both are deb... Read more

Cookeville TN Great Eats – House of Thai

Real estate agents have to know good local restaurants. So here’s my first food tip for the Cookeville TN area: House of Thai next to TN Tech University. Thai food is one of my favorites. I’ve sampled it across the US and can honestly say tha... Read more

Good Planning Equals Good Home

I’m watching a Cookeville TN home remodeled by friends, blow by blow. They measure and plan. They remove cabinets, pull up floors, change outlets, open a wall. They walk through it daily. The day’s work is reviewed against their vision and the... Read more

Remembering Howard Baker

I just heard that former TN U.S. senator Howard Baker died today at 88. As a news photographer at Nashville’s WSMV Ch. 4 News in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was lucky enough to cover some of his press conferences and see the man up c... Read more

Details are tricky things….

What does a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house cost? That question has no single answer or about a million answers – the answer(s) depends on the details. Are you buying or selling a house in Cookeville TN or Charlotte NC? How many square feet does it include... Read more

Get It In Writing

Whether buying a new home in Cookeville TN or Los Angeles CA, get everything in writing. And I don't mean text messages! Sales contracts are legally binding agreements. I am not an attorney, but I deal with with real estate contracts daily. I also de... Read more

Make the most of your landscaping - propogate!

Did you know that you can landscape with new plants without spending a bundle on every single one? You don't have to start with seed. Many plants can be propogated using cuttings or by separating large clumps. The internet is a great place to researc... Read more

Good customer question #1: Can an agent work with me on a home from another agent or company?

Yesterday's meeting with a new customer was full of good questions and discussions about buying a first home. A slight look of concern accompanied the question about whether or not I could help with a home listed by another REALTOR or company. Concern... Read more

Inspections Are Important

Even here in the south, Cookeville Tennessee has seen devastating winter snow...destructive spring wind...extreme summer heat take their toll. Sorry, I'm not talking about you. I'm talking about your home or the one you plan to buy. If you aren&#... Read more

Prepare Your Home For A Photo Session!

As a former television news photographer & producer and corporate creative & marketing professional, I agree with staging professional Barb Schwarz of Concord PA that a variety of property photos and virtual tours are a must. Buyers use home websi... Read more

The "Am I Ready To Buy A Home" Checklist

If you’re considering buying your first home, you probably have a list of “must-have” features. It might be as simple as three bedrooms, two baths. Or maybe your checklist includes a breakfast nook, stained glass windows, a home theater ... Read more

TN Offers Property Tax Benefits For Elderly, Disabled, And Disabled Veteran Tennesseans

A newer, but little known law, offers valuable savings to many Tennesseans. Since there are income, documentation, and other requirements to take advantage of the law, click here to see if you or others you know may be eligible for the benefits.... Read more

Death, Taxes, & Remodeling...

...Three things we can't avoid. And remodeling the website is the last thing I want to do right now. This has been an extremely busy fall season; time has been short for a while. But good information helps everyone and this is a good place to make sur... Read more

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