Selling your home? Curb Appeal is Essential.

The Art of the Approach: Curb Appeal, and More

When considering the mysteries of what attracts the ultimate buyer, few will deny that “curb-appeal” is a sort of magic bullet. The term is a buzz word for the enticing image of your home as seen from the street, and is similar to the adage of “judging a book by its cover.” Buyers who rely upon this might overlook a treasure in the rough, but savvy sellers know curb appeal is a key tool to finding a buyer more quickly.

Curb appeal is key when buyers are looking through multiple listings, getting a feel for neighborhoods from the comfort of their cars — just “driving by.” Often, buyers will look at advertisements and listings online or in print, and if they are local will take a peek on their way home from work. Because of the power of this “curb view,” often the primary photographs used in advertisements and listings are from this angle. Money spent in improving this viewing angle is among the smartest investment. Simply put, painting and pruning trees and shrubbery can transform a home, helping to shed light on its features.

Other aspects of the approach to a home can be equally enticing and help to pave the way for a successful interior viewing. After all, when care is taken to the outside of a home, people feel that the interior will also have what they are looking for. Driveways and walkways that are well maintained and artfully presented greet potential buyers as soon as they step out of their vehicles.

Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves can create slick areas on driveways and walkways and be unattractive if allowed to affect landscaping and lawns. Ensure that you consider this when selecting trees to plant near driveways, and keep leaves in check during fall viewings. During the winter, when snow and ice might prove to be a problem, it is essential to maintain driveways and walkways carefully. This is not only for safety, but it illustrates the type of person who has owned and maintained the house itself.

One helpful exercise is to take time to view a home with curb-appeal in mind. At each juncture where a potential buyer might approach and view your home or property, stop and look around. Notice details. Take photographs. Look straight ahead, to the right and left, and even at the ground. If there are appealing features, play those up. If there are issues that block the enjoyment of the home, you can choose to address them. In each instance, seek to frame the view of the home or property in an appealing light, tending to the ground under foot, the areas close to the viewer, and that which they see.

The Results of curb-appeal come when assessing views from inside the home and at various places on the property. All views are important because they are attention-getting elements of the property you are selling. Views are memorable, and a bad one can deter potential buyers. Whenever possible, seek to create eye-catching points around the home. If certain views are less than desirable, seek to minimize, distract, or even block those views. If you can remove the offensive elements, do so, but whenever possible, contain them, screen them or otherwise affect a change.

Additionally, certain areas in homes have an element of “approach” to them. You control all the views inside the home, so assess each one carefully. The foyer or entryway has its own view into the home and serves as a curb of its own, or a launching pad, so to speak. As a viewer enters the home, moves to the living room, kitchen, master bedroom, or backyard, each transition creates an impression and should be considered a “view.” Try walking through the home and noting the approaches so that you can begin to create views within the home that offer the best feelings and highlight the home’s strengths. Make sure lighting, furniture, and clutter are all under control so that impressions are good every step of the way.

Follow these tricks for creating the best impression:

Ensure that the yard and landscaping is neat, tidy, and well-maintained. Seek to flatter the home first, then to show off your gardening skills. Freshly pruned vegetation illustrates careful stewardship.

If flowering plants are past their prime, trim them back and add in some seasonal plants for color. Re-edge and add mulch to existing beds. Plants in containers may be easily changed out or positioned where they are most needed, and if you invest in nice pots, you can take them with you.

Control growth of large trees to optimize light and safety of the home and surrounding buildings and property. Remove debris under trees daily, if needed.

Pay close attention to the front door and garage doors, including paint or stain condition and color, hardware and details ? these doors command a lot of attention. Consider adding seasonal decorations like a wreath or potted plants near the door, but keep these tasteful and few ? don?t distract from the house itself.

Clean steps, ensuring that they are free of scratches, chips, moss or signs of wear. Repair or upgrade handrails when appropriate.

A new Welcome Mat at the door will not only make a statement, it is also an invitation for viewers to wipe their feet as they enter the home.

Investing in new and unique numbers for your home not only makes it easy to identify, but can set it apart with flare.

Pressure wash the exterior of your home and ensure the gutters and roof are clean.

Assess and improve the driveway and any walkways to and around the home.

Upgrade lighting by doors and pathways. Providing safe and stylish lighting will make your home stand out in viewings throughout the day and evening.

Upgrade your mailbox. Creating a secure and attractive mail receptacle is akin to having a plush welcome mat at the end of your driveway or by your door.

Ensure that windows and screens are clean and well-maintained. Viewers from both the inside and outside of the home rely on being able to see through them. Shutters and screens should be in top shape. Easy-to-install PVC trim neatens and dresses up older windows and doors. Drapes and shades should be clean and in good working order.

Familiarize yourself with views from decks and various rooms, and improve those views when possible.

Decks can be used year-round in many places. Spruce up your deck, porch or patio and show what an inviting space it can be to potential buyers.


Inglehame Farms, the master planned community off Wilson Pike at Split Log Road, is now almost built out. The community has about 170 houses on half-acre lots.

Named after the red brick, historic mansion that has been preserved at the top of the hill overlooking the community and the farm that was once there, Inglehame features spacious traditional home designs that attract families of all sizes; some of the largest homes have five bedrooms.

Location, Location, Location is one very desirable feature in living in Inglehame Farms. High school students can walk to Ravenwood High.

The neighborhood is about to get another attraction: the new city park on the Ravenswood Farm property will be within walking distance of many Inglehame houses when it is finished.

Amenities in the subdivision include green space, a neighborhood swimming pool, clubhouse, underground utilities and decorative street lamps.

Many of the houses in Inglehame back up to preserved green space.

The neighborhood, with entrances on both Wilson Pike and Split Log Road, is zoned for Kenrose Elementary, Woodland Middle and Ravenwood High.

Currently the only home for sell is: 1823 Bronwyn Court priced at $719,000


Nashville tops list of fastest-growing summer travel

Eric Snyder
Managing Editor-
Nashville Business Journal

This summer is shaping up to be an exciting one for Nashville tourism.
Airbnb — a San Francisco-based company tech company that helps people rent out their homes, pool houses and extra bedrooms to travelers — has released a list of the top 10 U.S. destinations with the highest percentage increase in summer bookings compared to 2013.
Music City topped the list, with a jump of 365 percent over a year ago.
According to Airbnb, top-trending locations were determined by comparing bookings from Labor Day 2013 through April 2014 for travel from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014 against bookings at the same destinations during the same period a year ago.
The following is Airbnb’s complete Top 10:
Nashville, 365 percent
New Orleans, 340 percent
Palm Springs, 334 percent
Portland, Maine; 328 percent
Santa Barbara, 320 percent
Oregon Coast, 316 percent
The Adirondacks, 316 percent
Denver, 306 percent
Coastal Orange County, 306 percent
Boulder, 291 percent


1 – Wine and Pearls Nashville Event
1 – Arcade Fire at Bridgestone Arena
2 – Lana Del Rey at Ryman 3 – Sevier Park Fest
2-3 – Drew Carey at Zanie’s
2-4 – Ben Folds Project at TPAC
2-5 – Sounds vs. Iowa
3 – Relay for Life Nashville at Cumberland Park
3 – Walk In Their Shoes 5K
3 – Kentucky Derby Party at Belle Meade Plantation
3 – Tres de Mayo at Riverfront Park
3 – Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
6 – All for the Hall benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena
9 – Eat The Street Food Truck Fest
10 – 73rd Annual Iroquois Steeplechase
10 – Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
7-11 – Music City Spirits and Cocktail Festival
12 – Neon Trees at Ryman
15-18 – Sounds vs. Oklahoma City
16 – Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss at Woods Amphitheater
17 – Ellie’s Run for Africa, Percy Warner
17 – Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
19 – Habitat for Humanity Golf Classic
19-22 – Sounds vs. Omaha
23-25 – Flea Market at TN State Fairgrounds
24 – Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
25 – Fireworks at Nashville Shores
26 – Memorial Day
27-31 – Sounds vs. Colorado Springs
29-31 – Savor Nashville 2014
30 – Brew at the Zoo
31 – Music City Sports Festival
31 – Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park


Get ready for this year’s Main Street Festival on April 26th and 27th.

The festival will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 10a-7p and Sunday, April 27th from noon to 6pm.

Courtesy of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County

Downtown Franklin’s 31st annual Main Street Festival will return April 26-27, 2014! The two-day weekend event will feature more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two kids’ areas and an international food court.

The free street festival begins Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fourth Avenue street dance continues until 10 p.m. Saturday night. Activities will re-open Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

The event is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors.

Handmade work to be exhibited includes original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show with more than 200 entries, the festival offers a special area of children’s activities on Third Avenue South between City Hall and the Old Courthouse.

Free entertainment is offered continuously on three stages—the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square, the Heritage Stage on Fourth Avenue North and the Beer/Wine Garden Stage on Fourth Avenue South.

Three food areas offer a tasty variety of everything from roast corn on the cob and stuffed baked potatoes, Polish sausage, Greek gyros, and Asian and Mexican cuisines. Southern fare includes barbeque, burgers and hotdogs, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more.

To help manage traffic, a shuttle service offered by the Franklin Transit Authority, with free parking at Harlinsdale Park on Franklin Road and at The People’s Church on Murfreesboro Road. Shuttle rides to the event are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniors. Both sites will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; only the Harlinsdale site will operate on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Main Street Festival is presented by First Tennessee with major sponsors Hidden Valley, Kroger, Williamson Medical Center, The Grove, AT&T, Wyndham Resorts, Patterson Company, LeafFilter, and The City of Franklin, with supporting sponsors Fox 17, Clear Channel Radio, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., Schroeder Chiropractic, Summerwinds Resorts, and FranklinIs.

The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event go towards the mission of each organization, respectively: to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of Downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.

And here’s the entertainment line-up for 2014:

Saturday April 26
First Tennessee Stage
9:45 a.m. Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstars
9:50 a.m. Ribbon Cutting
10:00 a.m. – Ann Carroll School of Dance
11:15 a.m. – Columbia State’s Commercial Entertainment Program Performers
11:30 p.m. – Irish School of Dance
12:00 p.m. – Franklin School of Performing Arts
1:00 p.m. – Fellowship School of Dance
2:00 p.m. – The Main Stage Music & Dance Studio Allstars
2:45 p.m. – Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”
3:45 p.m. – John England & The Western Swingers
5:00 p.m. – Annabelle’s Curse

4th Avenue North Stage
10:00 a.m. – Marty Crum’s Bluegrass Allstar’s
11:00 a.m. – Oak View Jump Rope Team
11:30 a.m. – Moore Elementary “Eagle Force” Jump Rope Team
Noon – Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass
1:20 p.m. – County Line
2:15 p.m. – Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
3:30 p.m. – Jonas Litton
4:40 a.m. – Ward-Thomas
6:00 p.m. – Jackson Wells
8:00-10:00 p.m. – The Devonshires – 4th Ave. Street Dance

Beer Tent Stage
11:00 a.m. – Aaron Till
1:15 p.m. – Dusty Hundley
3:30 p.m. – Randy Moore
5:45 p.m. – Jim Hayden
7:30 p.m. – Dennis O’Rourke

Sunday April 27, 2014
First Tennessee Stage
12:15 p.m. – Trademark
1:15 p.m. – Praise Pickers
2:15 p.m. – Williamson County “Jazz Rock Youth Group”
3:15 p.m. – Centennial High School Show Choir
4:30 p.m. Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”

4th Avenue North Stage
12:30 p.m. – Buck Sixx
2:30 p.m. – Tayla Lynn
4:30 p.m. – The Matte Gray Band

Beer Tent Stage
Noon – Nick Smith
1:30 p.m. – Kira Small
4:00 p.m. – Bomb Squad

The Devonshires Headline Saturday Night Street Dance on Fourth Ave. N.

For decades The Devonshires have been entertaining audiences in cities and towns across the U.S. including San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, Orlando and New York City.

Their impressive list of clientele includes Walt Disney World, Six Flags, General Electric, Freemont Street, Harrahs Casino, Honda of America, NASCAR, Clear Channel Communications, Blackrock Financial, The American Red Cross, Texas Roadhouse, The Hard Rock Cafe, The United States Navy, and the world famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa.

The Devonshires have performed with numerous rock legends such as Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, The Edgar Winter Group, Badfinger, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Temptations.


Americana Experience In Franklin TN

The lineup for the Americana Experience 10-day music festival was released this morning and includes more than 50 artists in several venues around Franklin and Leiper’s Fork in May.

The celebration of Americana includes concerts and movie screenings, and culminates with the Cross County Lines festival May 31, organized by the Americana Music Association. The association moved its headquarters to The Factory at Franklin last year.

Jed Hilley, executive director of the Americana Music Association, is scheduled to speak to members of Williamson Inc., the county chamber of commerce, today to discuss the growing impact of Americana music in the county.

All events are individually ticketed and many are free. Visit for more information.

Thursday, May 22

Capt. Billy’s Whiz Bang Live Blues Radio Show at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7 p.m. Free.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet at the Franklin Theatre, 8 p.m. $35-49

Friday, May 23

“Muscle Shoals” movie screening and artist Q&A at the Franklin Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $7
The Jake Leg Stompers at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7:30 p.m. Free
Raven Cliff at Gray’s on Main in Franklin, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 24

Viva Nashvegas Radio Show at Handy Hardware in Franklin, 11 a.m. Free.
Muscle Shoals in the Fork Concert at the Lawnchair Theater in Leiper’s Fork, 6 p.m. Free.
Farmer & Adele at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Pat and Jamie McLaughlin at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, 8:30 p.m. Free.
CottonWine at Gray’s on Main in Franklin, 8:30 p.m.
Kerry Gilbert at Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, 9 p.m. $10

Sunday, May 25

Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers at the Lawnchair Theater in Leiper’s Fork, 3 p.m. Free.
Jesse Terry, Craig Carothers and Tony Arata at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, 7 pm.

Monday, May 26

BrewBQ with Rachel Davis and Friends at Kimbro’s in Franklin, 7 p.m.
Mabrey Parsley and the Rotten Tomatoes at Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27

David Ball and The Pioneer Playboys at Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, 6 p.m.
Matt Tedder at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7 p.m. Free.
Don Gallardo at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28

Music City Roots at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, 7 p.m.
Walker Hayes at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7 p.m. Free
My Politic and The Black Feathers at Kimbro’s in Franklin, 7 p.m.
Willow Park at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Jackson Nance at Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 29

“The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” at Studio Tenn at The Factory at Franklin, 7 p.m.
PBH Zydeco Dance with YaYa at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7 p.m. Free.
The Ham Family at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Robert Rivers Band at Kimbro’s in Franklin, 7:30 p.m.
Creole Shrimp Boil and Open Mic at Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, 8 p.m. Free.

Friday, May 30

“The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” at Studio Tenn at The Factory at Franklin, 7 p.m.
Allen Thompson at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7:30 p.m. Free
Juke Joint Friday – live blues from Clarksdale, MS: Leo “Bud” Welch at Kimbro’s in Franklin, 8 p.m.
Juke Joint Friday – live blues from Clarksdale, MS: “Super Chikan” at the Franklin Theatre, 8 p.m.
Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Band at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, 8:30 p.m.
Danika Holmes at Gray’s on Main in Franklin, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 31

Viva Nashvegas Radio Show featuring The Carmonas at Handy Hardware in Franklin, 11 am.. Free.
“The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” at Studio Tenn at The Factory at Franklin, 2 p.m.
Cross County Lines Festival featuring Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Ashley Monroe and others at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, 3-11 p.m.
The Stoves, Tumbleweed Company, Anthony Adams & The Nite at Kimbro’s in Franklin, 7 p.m.
“The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” at Studio Tenn at The Factory at Franklin, 7 p.m.
Red Head Express at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Peter Cooper and Eric Brace at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 1

“The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” at Studio Tenn at The Factory at Franklin, 2 p.m.
Down By The River – Gospel Sing-A-Long at the Pow Wow Field in Leiper’s Fork, 4:30 p.m.

4 Things Sellers Need to Know About Open Houses

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4 Things Sellers Need to Know About Open Houses

Tara-Nicholle Nelson
March 3rd, 2014

Sometimes, just getting the listing agreement signed and price agreed-upon seems like the end of an intense, effortful, laborious process. But as you well know, it’s really just the beginning of helping your new seller through all of the twists and turns of selling a home.

In the course of working through these items with internet-savvy sellers, agents may run into increasingly vocal, surprisingly strong opinions on a seemingly innocuous topic: Open Houses. Camps are divided pretty neatly between sellers who think that open houses are a total waste of time and those who think that open houses are the go-to way to getting a home sold at top dollar and in record time.

Inquiring sellers want to know, which is it: a waste of time or time well-spent? If you want your sellers to come out of this question on the side of “time well-spent,” here are a handful of talking points and scripts about open houses you can use.

1. There are different types of open houses, and type matters.

There are two basic types of open houses, a Broker’s open house and a public open house. Public open houses are the traditional Sunday afternoon affairs where local buyers, neighbors and looky-loos alike peruse your property.

Broker’s opens are held for the benefit of the real estate brokers and agents in town, who can stop by one-by-one or may visit in groups or caravans. Most often, listing agents will hold the Broker’s open house on the day of the week that brokers usually tour the neighborhood, and will try to time it very soon after the home goes on the market—before the public open house.

Over 90 percent of qualified buyers will start their house hunt online, so it’s essential to make sure your home is well-marketed, digitally speaking. But over 80 percent of qualified buyers will ultimately work with an agent or broker, so sellers can’t afford to miss them, either!

Broker’s opens are an efficient way to expose a home in its best light to a large number of brokers who are on the lookout for their buyer clients at one moment in time, early in the life of your home’s listing. They also create a rich opportunity for local brokers to see the home in close succession to similar, nearby listings—so if the home is well-prepared, well-staged, and well-priced against the competition, Broker’s opens make that very clear.

On the flip side, if the home is staged, marketed or priced in a way that puts it at a competitive disadvantage, local brokers and agents will often give the listing agent that feedback during the Brokers’ open—giving the seller the opportunity to course-correct or put some final touches on the home’s staging before most buyers see it.

Verdict: Broker’s Open Houses = Time Well Spent.

2. The role of the open house has shifted.

To maximize their chances of successfully finding a property that meets their needs, today’s buyers have to see a lot of houses—and they have to get out and view properties as soon as possible after they come onto the market.

At the same time, though, buyers live busy lives, and so do their agents, which makes the prospect of making an individual appointment to see every listing that comes on the market daunting. If a buyer views 30 or 40 properties before they buy, imagine how many individual appointments that is to wrangle! One strategy many smart buyers and buyer’s agents are adopting is to keep a standing appointment every Sunday afternoon during the time homes are normally held open and view as many properties as possible in one fell-swoop.

Open houses aren’t just to help early-stage buyers discover listings anymore, they serve as a convenient way for serious buyers to access and view them, too.

Verdict: Time well-spent.

3. Few homes are actually “sold” at the open house, but occasionally one is.

No doubt, open houses take a lot of time and energy to prepare for, and sellers don’t want to do all that work, have a well-attended Open House and end the week with no offers.

But think about this: A listing only needs one buyer. Ask your seller if the inconvenience of having to clear out for a couple of afternoons worth missing the potential opportunity to find your home’s ultimate buyer.

They won’t want to miss the opportunity.

Also, there of course other ways open houses can indirectly lead to a sale. Buyers use homes not just to discover new listings, but to actually access and view homes they’ve seen online. And sure, those neighbors that may seem like looky-loos might be curious about the home decor choices, but they also might have friends, colleagues or relatives who’d be interested in buying the home.

Verdict: Could go either way, but the chances the time is well-spent are greater than they seem at first glance.

4. Prepping for an open house is time well-spent no matter its outcome.

The truth is, the time a seller will need to invest in sprucing and primping the home to prepare for an open house is not much greater than the time they would ideally invest in doing these things to put the home on the market even if they weren’t holding it open!

Setting a time and date for an open house and marketing it widely is a powerful “forcing factor.” It provides both a hard deadline for property preparation efforts and sets a higher bar for the prepping and staging of a home than a seller might set otherwise.

Verdict: Time well-spent.

Reasoning of Williamson County Schools 4/7/2014

Williamson County Schools Policy Committee met Monday evening with the full Board of Education to discuss zoning for the county’s newest schools planned for York Road: Mill Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Middle and Nolensville High.

To see proposed zone lines for new Nolensville schools, click here.
Superintendent of Schools Mike Looney provided renderings of the zoning boundaries, projected enrollment numbers and affected neighborhoods during the special-called work session.

Subdivisions north of Rocky Fork Road will remain zoned for Nolensville Elementary.

Mill Creek Elementary is expected to open in fall 2016 with a projected 459 students, with 589 in Nolensville Elementary and 636 in Sunset Elementary. Mill Creek’s capacity is about 800 students.

An expected 131 students will be moved from Sunset Elementary into Nolensville Elementary from Concord Forest, Catalina and Brittain Downs subdivisions. All students from the three neighborhoods will be rezoned; the neighborhoods are not split.

A projected 171 students will be rezoned from Sunset Middle to Mill Creek Middle, which shares a campus with Mill Creek Elementary.

Sunset Middle is proposed as a split middle feeder with approximately 65 percent zoned for Ravenwood and 35 percent to Nolensville High.

Mill Creek Middle will open with an expected 494 students, leaving 339 in Sunset Middle. Mill Creek’s capacity will be approximately 800 students.

Ravenwood High enrollment is expected to decrease from 2,044 to 1,545 students the first year of Nolensville High’s opening in fall 2016.

Nolensville High will open with freshmen and sophomore classes only and a total of 404 students. The junior class will be added in fall 2017 with an expected 611 students.

The new high school’s first year with all four classes will have an expected 801 students. Nolensville High’s capacity will be about 1,800 students.

Neighborhoods zoned for Ravenwood High are Taramore and Tuscany Hills as well as future developments Glen Abbey and Morgan Farms.

Neighborhoods zoned for Nolensville High are Benington, Bent Creek, Brittain Downs, Burkitt Place and Village, Catalina and Silver Stream Farms as well as future developments Cromwell, Sherwood Green and Summerlyn.

Brookfield subdivision remains in the RHS zone, as does Southern Woods, Inglehame Farms and Sonoma. Breezeway and Chardonnay near Clovercroft Elementary are also not impacted by the rezoning.

Calculations for elementary, middle and high school levels do not account for future growth or grandfathering.

There are no subdivisions split by the proposed zoning plans. However, future residential development may not take into account the zoning boundaries.

The zoning proposal to go before the school board for a vote on April 21 affects only those families impacted by the new Nolensville schools. The rezoning is not district-wide nor does it take into account any “domino affect” from moving students.

“We’ve had some feedback about a domino effect,” Looney said. “[The plan] does not address any domino effect. I’m not sure how much domino-ing we’ll be doing based on these numbers. It would be a short-term domino effect.”

Looney will discuss rezoning in two public meetings on Thursday. The first will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nolensville Town Hall. The second will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Sunset Middle cafeteria.

How to Find and Keep a Real Estate Agent You’ll Love

In some ways, the buyer-real estate agent relationship is similar to a romantic one. In either situation, the relationship’s success or failure depends a lot on picking the “right” partner from the beginning. Chemistry and communications also play an important role.

Here’s how you can find the best real estate agent “match” and nurture that relationship to achieve your goal: buying your dream home.

Do your homework

Today, buyers start researching properties online well before they contact an agent. This early research period should also be the time to have your feelers out for a good agent. In fact, the best time to connect with an agent is when you’ve got some knowledge of your local market but need more input, a second opinion and a professional’s guidance.

Asking friends, family and coworkers for referrals can be helpful for finding an agent. Posting what you’re looking for in an agent on social media might also help lead you to the best real estate “mate.”

Take it slowly

Would you introduce to your parents someone you’ve only had one or two dates with? Probably not. Before getting serious with a potential mate, you’d get to know them, learn about their history and understand your compatibility.

It’s not too different in the real estate agent-buyer relationship. Buying a home is an extremely emotional time. Your real estate agent will be front and center with you through ups, downs and trying times. Through the buying process, your agent might learn a lot about your personal life as well as your finances. For these reasons, take the time to ensure you have the best person by your side. If you rush into a relationship with the wrong agent, you’ll regret it later.

Pay attention to chemistry

An agent could come highly recommended and be thoroughly experienced. But with any relationship, chemistry (or lack of it) comes into play. When you first talk to an agent, ask yourself: Is this someone you’d want to spend time with? Does the agent “get” you? Will you feel comfortable sharing your financial and other personal information with him? If you answer “no,” keep looking for someone you click with.

Avoid the blame game

In today’s often-competitive real estate markets, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll get the first or even the third home you try to buy. This may cause buyers to get stressed out or upset after losing in a bidding situation or when faced with a seller who’s just “not that into you.”

Unfortunately, buyers sometimes take out their anger and frustration with the market on their real estate agent. But don’t assume that the fact your bid wasn’t accepted is your agent’s fault. The agent can’t control the seller or the seller’s agent any more than you can. Pick the best agent for your needs; trust your agent to do the job; treat the agent as you’d want to be treated; and chalk up a losing bid to experience.

Practice patience

As with romantic relationships, there may be times when your agent tries your patience. Maybe you’ve been looking for a month now and still haven’t found your dream place. Whatever the situation, keep in mind that buying the right home shouldn’t be rushed. Give the process, and your agent, time. On the other hand, if your agent seems to be neglecting you, speak up.

Communicate clearly

This is probably the most important step to any successful relationship: maintaining open, honest communications. With your real estate agent, be upfront from the start about how you like to work and what you might expect from them. Express concerns you have along the way. Above all, give the agent constructive feedback that will help him succeed.

In most cases, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your agent during the home buying process. So choose wisely. Picking the wrong agent can add to the stress, frustration and uncertainty of buying a home. On the other hand, choosing the right agent can make the process significantly easier and more successful.

By Brendon DeSimonePublished February 21, 2014Zillow


Two years after Nordstrom first came to Tennessee, the company is expanding with a Nordstrom Rack store in the Nashville area.

Nordstrom Rack is the hugely popular discount outlet version of the Seattle-based Nordstrom stores.

The Rack store is scheduled to open in what is currently Stein Mart in the Brentwood Place shopping center on Franklin Road in Williamson County next fall.

The full line Nordstrom store opened at The Mall at Green Hills in 2011. The Brentwood Nordstrom Rack store will be the company’s first Rack location in Tennessee.

“Since opening our full-line store at The Mall at Green Hills, our customers in this community have embraced us,” Nordstrom Rack President Geevy Thomas said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that an opportunity became available to bring a Rack store to the greater Nashville area and give our customers an additional way to shop with us. We can’t wait to open our doors next fall.”

The new Nordstrom Rack will be about six miles from the Green Hills store.

The new location will be approximately 36,000 square feet.

Brentwood Place is managed by Baker Storey McDonald Properties.