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The homebuying process can seem complicated, especially for first-time homebuyers. The information below has helpful step-by-step topics that will help you take the mystery out of homebuying.

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Why Use a Realtor®

There are many reasons to use a Realtor®, but many people aren't exactly sure what it means to be a Realtor®. The information below will help you see the advantages to using a Realtor® for your real estate needs.

  1. Not every real estate agent is a Realtor®. Realtors® are licensed members of the National Association of Realtors®. You'll find the Realtor® logo on their business cards and literature.
  2. Realtors® are committed to a strict code of ethics and a higher level of knowledge about real estate than other real estate agents.
  3. Since real estate transactions are one of life's biggest financial investments, it pays to trust a professional Realtor®. Since we seek other professionals for life's big issues (attorneys, doctors, CPAs) doesn't it make sense to consult a professional in the real estate arena - a Realtor®?
  4. Studies show that 84 percent of homebuyers are happy with their Realtors® and would use the same one for their next purchase.
  5. Realtors® will deliver information about properties that include community information, home inspection advice and even provide financing contacts.
  6. A Realtor® has access to information about what other homes in the area are selling for, so every advantage is taken to make a comparable sale.
  7. Realtors® will pay for the advertising when selling your home, and place your home in multiple listing sites. They also screen prospective buyers so that only serious inquiries are dealt with.
  8. When looking to buy, Realtors® will explain every step of the way and help you decide a home that is realistically in your budget and assist in qualifying and processing the loan. They'll also walk you through property taxes, local utilities and more.
  9. Closing on a house, as a buyer or seller, is a complex process, and a Realtor® will explain the procedure in detail, accompany you to the closing and assist with handling documents until the transaction is complete.
  10. Whether buying or selling, using a Realtor® is the only way to save you time, money, and frustration. Realtors® legally represent you and act in your best interest, and treat everyone honestly, according to the code of ethics. A Realtor® will deliver a high level of commitment, ethics and expertise to benefit YOU!

Helpful Moving Tips

  1. Give your forwarding address to the post office, usually two to four weeks ahead of the move.
  2. Notify your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and bank of the change of address.
  3. Develop a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified of the move.
  4. Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one.
  5. Cancel the newspaper.
  6. Check insurance coverage for moved items. Usually movers only cover what they pack.
  7. Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable.
  8. Note the weight of the goods you'll have moved, since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.
  9. Check with your condo or co-op about restrictions on using the elevator or particular exits.
  10. Have a "first open" box with the things you’ll need most—toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups and plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.

Plus, if you're moving out of town:

  1. Get copies of medical and dental records and prescriptions for your family and your pets.
  2. Get copies of children’s school records for transfer.
  3. Ask friends for introductions to anyone they know in your new neighborhood.
  4. Consider special car needs for pets when traveling.
  5. Let a friend or relative know your route.
  6. Carry traveler's checks or an ATM card for ready cash until you can open a bank account.
  7. Empty your safety deposit box.
  8. Put plants in boxes with holes for air circulation if you're moving in cold weather.

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Franklin, TN Information

As the county seat, Historic Franklin maintains a solid economy, a strong school system and a growing base of business. Although Franklin's past has deep, historically significant roots, it is considered to be one of the most highly desirable, innovative communities in the state. Franklin attracts a broad range of individuals desiring high values and standards for their families.

Founded in 1799, Franklin encircles a charming nucleus of restored and renovated 19th century homes and shops. A recipient of the Great American Main Street Award, Franklin is also listed as one of five best downtown areas in the nation.

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Brentwood, TN Information

Between Nashville and Franklin, the city Brentwood grants you a tranquil lifestyle in its upscale residential neighborhoods. Nestled in the heart of the Harpeth River Valley, the Brentwood area was originally an Indian hunting ground. Rich farmlands made plantations flourish and people prospered. The area beautifully blends its rural roots, suburban living and today's corporate culture while maintaining its beauty through controlled growth and progressive zoning ordinances. Brentwood continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in Williamson County, having doubled its population since 1980.

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Williamson County Information

JUST ACROSS THE LINE...WILLIAMSON COUNTY

For nearly two hundred years, families have called the rolling hills around the Harpeth River home. Minutes away from Nashville, history comes to life in Williamson County.

Working and living in Williamson County is a winning combination! Williamson County also provides the unique opportunity of combining Tennessee’s natural beauty with the adjacent cultural, entertainment, education, and health-care resources of a major city.

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Nashville, TN Information

LOCATION * LOCATION * LOCATION!

At the heart of Tennessee is the vibrant capital, Nashville, one of the fastest-growing large cities in the nation with a metropolitan statistical population of 1.1 million, yet it still maintains a small town feel. A stable, diverse economy demonstrates the vitality of the area which is within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. population. In addition to being among the most diverse business centers, the Nashville area has unique strengths in technology, education, the arts, recreation, and all facets of community life and well-being. The 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family listed Nashville as leading the pack among American cities in terms of having a high quality of life and an enjoyable, successful community.

Nashville is a city that's easy to call home. Davidson County and the Middle Tennessee region blend a high quality of life with a reasonable cost of living and home prices, quality employment, moderate climate, superb educational opportunities, excellent cultural amenities and a vast transportation network.

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