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August is fast approaching, and that means one special thing for the Middle Tennessee area: it’s time for the County Fairs! There are a huge variety of locations to choose from, so you can take an easy drive to your local one, or be adventurous and try one you haven’t yet a little further out. They are a perfect outing for families or those looking for just plain fun. The fairs feature activities such as carnival rides, pageants, races, music, crafts and of course tons of delicious Southern fried goodies.

 

Details about places and times are available at each individual fair’s website:

 

Sumner County 

Williamson County

Wilson County (Tennessee’s largest fair)

Cheatham County

Maury County

Robertson County

Dickson County

Tennessee

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Being a cultured person in this day and age is an expensive endeavor – one of the reasons why things like classical music and fine arts have been associated with the rich elite. But if you want to pursue it anyway, here are some easy hacks for free or inexpensive ways to enjoy ‘high culture’ in Nashville.

Into the Woods

Music schools are host to the finest of young musicians, and their concerts are on caliber with their performers who will one day play with the finest orchestras. Nashville is host to Vanderbilt University, whose Blair School of Music is one of the best in the country. Tickets for these concerts and shows are very inexpensive (usually around $5-15) or free. If going to TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center) is out of your price range but you

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It’s true!  House hunting requires the same common sense approach you apply to finding a spouse.  Keep your emotions in check and don’t talk yourself into putting up with something that will drive you crazy later.

Its important to know what you’re getting into even before you start looking.  A good agent can help you with this.  It is imperative you find someone you trust and get along with because the agent will be guiding you through a pretty important decision and they can only help you to the degree that you are honest with both the agent and yourself.  We’ve got a lot of GREAT agents here at Bob Parks Realty and Parks.  I’m just saying…

 

Know in advance your wants and needs or every house you look at is liable to be the perfect home. 

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Middle Tennessee-PMS293As a corporate sponsor, Bob Parks Realty provides in-kind and financial support on an annual basis for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee.  This come largely from our agents.  Our agents, I have to brag on them – they may not read my emails and they may not attend our training classes but they make me proud because they are so supportive of the communities in which we all live and work.  From boy scout troops to families in need to large charitable organizations and animal shelters, we run the gamut on philanthropic endeavors.  Ok, I got sidetracked thinking about all the feel-good stories I hear through the grapevine…

 

I am not a real estate agent, so I don’t share a portion of my home sales to Make-A-Wish (MAW, for short), but I wanted to help.  When I

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Elegance abounds in this spectacular Mediterranean-style home. Built for entertaining, it boasts an open floor plan that easily flows from impressive interior to the covered patio, cabana with full kitchen and hot tub with TV overlooking the heated, salt water pool and rock fire feature, all surrounded by extensive, lush landscaping that creates a private outdoor oasis.    

There are thirty-five speakers and 7 televisions throughout the inside and outside, as well as a 20 X 44 fully equipped Media room with THX Surround Sound and 120″ Screen.

Family Room w/Stone Fireplace, Two-story Living Room with crystal rock fireplace, Chefs Kitchen w/Commercial Grade Appliances, Custom Cabinetry and Exotic Granite.

 Luxurious 20 X 16

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The goal of blogging is to build the relationship and stay relevant and be remembered by your current clients, past clients and future clients.  This is not a sales platform!

 

Blogging is your element of distinction – it’s what makes you stand out beyond the normal array of obligatory tools offered by all the other real estate professionals.

 

Define the BLOG:

-Outline your plan of action and figure out how you want to differentiate yourself.

-Be true to yourself:  If you have never opened the hood of your car, do not blog about performing automobile repairs!

-Choose popular topics…. Or not.

Approach the BLOG:

-Will you post random thoughts; ideas and stories based on your funny, whimsical personality and become a source of

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Each month we’ll be unveiling videos for the counties we serve in Middle Tennessee.  These market reports provide a snapshot of the real estate market in terms of homes for sale, average price, absorption rates, etc.  They’re a great tool for keeping up with what is going on in your community.

 

These are strong and steady numbers.  We are enjoying a stable housing market, even in the midst of slowly rising interest rates.  It’s hard to find negatives in this housing economy; it’s both a good time to buy and sell!  

Click on the pictures below for each video market report.

 

Davidson County

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Rutherford County

Sumner County

Williamson County

Wilson County

In addition, we created a PDF that combines all this information on

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The Nashville Farmer’s Market is far more than its name suggests. Since its humble beginning as a few farmers selling their goods in the town square in the 1800’s, it is now located near Centennial Park and has grown into a staple of the Nashville community, with three distinct branches.

 

It always provide fresh and delicious produce directly from the local farmer’s hand to yours, in a venue known as the South Farm Sheds. The most fruitful season is around May-November, although you may purchase produce, canned goods and other preservatives like homemade jam and honey all year round.

 

Another staple of the Farmer’s Market is the Market House, which contains 15 restaurants and shops that provide a large variety of prepared food for its customers,

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parenting award

 

We are so happy to announce that we have won another award!

This one comes from the delightful readers of Rutherford Parent magazine. We were voted Best Real Estate Agency in Rutherford County! Thank you so much to everyone who voted, and to the magazine itself, which will be announcing all the winners in the November issue.

 

 

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This might be the ultimate man cave, or hunter’s delight or simply a romantic get-a-way!

A unique, rustic, charming cabin situated on 6.15 acres in Franklin County, this home and surrounding acreage offers endless options.

Cosy, rustic cabin on 6.15 ac with a rushing creek along the front of the property

The cabin features cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, hardwood floors, granite countertops and of course a cozy fireplace.  There is one bedroom, one bath and a loft area.  The interior is open and spacious!

 

From the detached garage that is currently being used as guest quarters to the large storage building with patio, and detached metal carport, this property offers a camp-like setting with all the amenities of a modern home!  The home is immaculate and well maintained inside and out with an updated and

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