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Thinking about buying a first home or a second? You have many loan options, and each one varies as far as their down payment requirements. Use this quick guide to get an idea of the amount you'll need to put down on your next purchase.

Is 20% Down Always Necessary to Buy a Home?

The down payment refers to the monies you'll put down during the mortgage closing, and it's often expressed as a percentage of the property price. For example, 20% down on a $200,000 home means paying $40,000 at closing.

20% down can make homeownership feel too out of reach. But take heart, very few loan programs are firm about needing 20% at closing. You can even get a conventional mortgage with as little as 3% down! Read on to learn more.

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Parks in Green Hills agent's Joan Pinkley and Sam Jovanov have closed a $3.5 million sale on a 0.47-acre property that sits on the northeastern fringe of Edgehill at 924 Eighth Avenue South, just a few blocks from downtown Nashville.

The buyer of this property is the singer-guitarist and producer of the blues-based rock band "The Black Keys", Dan Auerbach. Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound recording studio is located on an adjacent property at 918 Eighth Avenue South. Dan paid $280,000 for that property in September 2010 when his Black Keys bandmate, Patrick Carney, moved to Nashville. This studio is where records like Let's Rock, Yola's Walk Through Fire, Waiting on a Song, and The Pretenders' Alone were produced. The Black Keys founded Easy Eye Sound

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This may be the "wow" home you have been looking for! This stunning property features beautiful updates throughout, stylish accents and fixtures, tons of space, a main level master suite, great storage, a screened-in porch, and amazing outdoor entertainment areas.

Brentwood, located in scenic Williamson County, is considered one of the most desirable suburban locations in Tennessee. This affluent community is home to country music stars and athletes and some of the most gorgeous homes in the area.

Just a short 10-minute drive from Nashville and access to three major interstates, Brentwood’s rolling hills are home to many Fortune 500 companies located both in Maryland Farms and Cool Springs, although you wouldn’t know it given the large number

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The current need for social distancing has rekindled the nation’s love of the drive-in movie theater, and Middle Tennessee is no exception. Locals have been flocking to the nearest drive-in to experience the nostalgia and excitement of enjoying a movie from the comfort of their own vehicles. If you would like to join in on the fun this summer, read on for our local picks for the Best Drive-In Movie Theaters of Middle Tennessee!

Since the current pandemic means that no new movies are being released this year, your nearest drive-in will be showing either a classic or slightly older movie. For this reason, many drive-ins are charging by the vehicle rather than by the person, making this summer the most affordable drive-in season in recent history.

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This summer, as health conditions have made continued social distancing necessary, many families are feeling the need to get outdoors. When cabin fever has you down, consider safe staycations at one of our top Family-Friendly Campsites in Middle TN! While many favorite vacation destinations are off-limits for now, camping at any of the following sites is still considered a safe way to bond with your nearest and dearest while exercising and expanding your knowledge of the natural world.

Please pack and use plenty of insect repellent as well as tick-repelling clothing because deer ticks are still a major concern at all sites listed below.

 

Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Savage Gulf State Natural Area
3177 TN-399
Palmer, TN 37365

This ideal

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Located just a mile from downtown Franklin and connected to Harlinsdale Park, this stunning home is one-of-a-kind! The property features an open concept floor plan with four fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, a downstairs master suite with a spa bath, tons of living and entertainment space, and gorgeous outdoor spaces to be enjoyed by family and friends.

There is just something about the charm of Franklin that sets it apart. It's a vibrant and alive city that embraces its historic appeal while continuing to look to the future.

Located 30 minutes south of Nashville in Williamson County, Franklin is home to major corporate headquarters, historical attractions, a lively music scene, an abundance of shopping, and plenty of parks and green space. The

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How is the market? It’s a question our agents get asked a lot, and for good reason. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling one that you already own, the market trends and predictions are important in the decision-making process. Below is our most recent market update information for Davidson, Maury, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson, Bedford, and Coffee counties to help you make the most informed and beneficial choices possible.

See the Previous Month's Stats!

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It's that time of the month again! We are excited to announce July's LoLo gifts! There are so many unique, wonderful, local businesses in Middle Tennessee and it's time to celebrate them this month!

LoLo, Locals Supporting Locals, is an amazing program for your Parks REALTOR® to give to you! Each month, a completely free, new gift comes to your cell phone for you to enjoy. The gifts are selected by county and are only for local businesses, no nationwide chains!

LoLo helps remind us to shop local and support our friends and neighbors! Here are July's gifts to you!

Mineo's Pizza & Wings

Williamson County

Mineo’s takes great pride in using only the finest and freshest ingredients available! Everything they make is made from scratch, like

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Located in the Berry Farms area, this gorgeous home is convenient to I-65 and just minutes from groceries, dining, entertainment options. The property features an open floor plan, spacious bedrooms, gracious entertaining areas, high-end finishes throughout, a spacious yard, and incredible outdoor living areas. This home is a must-see!

There is just something about the charm of Franklin that sets it apart. It's a vibrant and alive city that embraces its historic appeal while continuing to look to the future.

Located 30 minutes south of Nashville in Williamson County, Franklin is home to major corporate headquarters, historical attractions, a lively music scene, an abundance of shopping, and plenty of parks and green space. The Downtown Franklin

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For many of us here in central Tennessee, summer isn’t complete without a classic American cookout. The smell of marinated meat crackling on the grill, the feeling of sweet corn bursting on the first bite, and the light sweetness of icebox cake are things we look forward to year after year.

Despite the current need for social distancing, we hope that we’ll all be enjoying great times with friends and family before long. In the meantime, we can dream up the perfect party plans, which is what we hope you’ll do with Parks Realty’s list of Cookout Must-Haves!

Our handy guide will give you an organizational framework to use as a jumping-off point as you plan your next celebration of food, friends, and fun. Remember, there’s no shame in accepting friendly

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