When you first took out your school loan, you did it to open more opportunities. Unfortunately, having a significant amount of school debt can challenge those opportunities. If you have a considerable amount of school debt and are left wondering how you can still qualify for a home loan, this article is for you!

The insights we’re about to share with you will help you get a better idea of how to manage your school loan as well as show how it’s possible to be a homeowner despite having student debt. 

How Student Loans Affect Your Home Loan Approval

The first thing to clarify is that student loans themselves don’t prevent you from getting a home loan. However, the debt of student loans can affect your debt-to-income ratio, and a poor DTI can…

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Even during this time of social distancing and spending more time at home, there are still opportunities to explore. This list brings you some of the best animal live streams from across the country, and even the world! You'll get to see your favorite animals and sea creatures all from the comforts of your own home. Let us know what your favorite stream is in the comments below!

Chattanooga Zoo
Chattanooga, Tennessee

The mission of the Chattanooga Zoo is to engage and inspire the community to better understand and preserve wildlife through meaningful connections between people and animals! Their intimate, innovative exhibits, wide-ranging educational offerings, and commitment to conservation are what makes them…

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Resting on a large corner lot in Belle Meade Highlands, this beautifully renovated tutor home is zoned for Julia Green and in close proximity to the area's best shops and restaurants! This property features an updated kitchen, new lighting, high-end finishes throughout, renovated bathrooms, tons of space, and a private covered patio with a large back yard.

Belle Meade is one of Nashville's most luxurious neighborhoods. Home to football players, entertainers, and politicians alike, this area has a rich history marked by beautiful sprawling estates. With easy access to the city, Belle Meade is central to Nashville but seems removed from the city atmosphere.

Belle Meade, which means beautiful meadow, is a small city between Hillsboro and Harding…

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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 March'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 March's gifts to you!

Hogwood BBQ

Williamson County

Hogwood BBQ is a Cool Springs fast-casual option for generous portions of smoked meats and comfort food sides. While waiting on your food…

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It’s easy to see why a semi-outside, storage-like area that’s big enough to fit cars in there, DOES in fact, collect things. There are lots of daunting tasks when it comes to homeownership, but cleaning and organizing a garage seems to oftentimes be at the top of that list - and it’s easy to see why. 

Thankfully, as with anything - things get a whole lot easier with a plan. Here are our favorite tips on organizing your garage:

Set Aside a Weekend

To avoid exhaustion by trying to fit everything in within a single day, and to be sure you have time to actually finish the project - set aside a full two days of a weekend to truly dive into organizing your garage - and the right way at that. 

Remove, Sort & Decide

Before you can begin…

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This luxurious contemporary home features impeccable finishes throughout, a spacious open floor plan, light-filled rooms, and an expansive kitchen, all designed with elegance and high-end comfort in mind! Outside of the home, you can find a resort-like pool and backyard oasis that highlight the beautifully landscaped private lot which is perfect for entertaining.

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…

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Cleaning a house often feels like running towards a finish line that never quite shows up. The minute one part is cleaned, another needs attention. However, whether you’re the super-organized type who cleans on a schedule, or the “deep clean when the mood strikes” type - anything to save time cleaning is a win in our book. Here are our ten favorite house cleaning hacks:

1.) Microwaves 

Does anyone else feel like the splatters and grime in a microwave that constantly appear are one of a home’s greatest mysteries? The other part of that mystery is, why is it so hard to clean a microwave? Good news: there is something that makes this astonishingly easier. Simply put a bowl of equal parts water and vinegar with something wooden, like a wooden…

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The return of spring means it’s time to get started on this year’s lawn maintenance! Fortunately, reviving your lawn after winter is less work than mowing in the summer heat or even raking up thick layers of leaves throughout fall, and it gives every homeowner the perfect reason to get up and get moving outdoors in the fresh spring air and gentle sunshine.

As you read through our guide to spring lawn care, keep in mind that completing this full list likely won’t be necessary for every Middle Tennessee yard. Take a walk around your yard and carefully assess the health and condition of your lawn before you get started, then pick and choose the recommendations that will bring your lawn back to life. 

Here are the steps Parks recommends for spring…

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Arguably one of the best lake homes in Middle Tennessee, this stunning home offers extraordinary lakefront views and privacy coupled with amazing custom design! This property features an airy open layout, high-end finishes throughout, walls of windows, a home theater, tons of space, a guest house, a saltwater pool, incredible outdoor living, and sweeping eastward views of the lake.

Gallatin, Tennessee is located about 35 minutes northeast of Nashville in Sumner County. Home to the Historic Palace Theatre and Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin is one of the most sought-after places to live in the county.

Gallatin is one of the most popular choices to reside in Sumner County. Settled northeast of Davidson County and just outside…

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