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May 22, 2018

Memorial Activities in and Around Middle Tennessee

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Middle Tennessee has plenty going on for Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend as we all take time to reflect and honor the brave men and women who selflessly served our country. Here are some ideas of activities to do in and around Nashville for Memorial Day.  

Tennessee State Capitol 

Visit the Tennessee State Capitol in the heart of Downtown Nashville that holds two statues of historic Nashville heroes – 7th President Andrew Jackson and Sgt. Alvin C York, a WWI hero and Tennessee native.  

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park 

Take a walk through the beautiful, 19-­?acre state park that is home to a WWII Memorial. 

War Memorial Auditorium Plaza 

Take a trip over to the War Memorial Auditorium that was built as a memorial to Tennesseans who died in WWI. On the auditorium’s plaza are two sculptures that pays tribute to those who died fighting in the Vietnam War and Korean War.  

Military History Branch – Tennessee State Museum 

The Tennessee State Museum displays an exhibit inside the War Memorial Auditorium that covers America’s overseas conflicts, beginning with the Spanish-­?American War in 1898 and ending the World War II in 1945.  

Vietnam Memorial Wall – Nashville National Cemetery 

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be in Nashville from May 26 – May 28 at the Nashville National Cemetery from 8am – 4pm. The memorial replica is free to visit.  

Flag Ceremony – Nashville National Cemetery 

The Nashville National Cemetery will hold a flag placing ceremony on Monday, May 28, 2018. Friends and families can honor the fallen heroes as the cemetery places small flags on each grave. The activities start at 1pm and includes live music and a speech from Operation Stand Down nonprofit director Col. John Krenson.  

Memorial Day Dash 5K 

This 5K Run on Monday, May 28, 2018 and takes place around the historic Fort Negley and through the Nashville City Cemetery. Race starts at 7:30am. Tickets are $35.00.  

The Tennessee Renaissance Festival is hosting its final weekend of fun!  

Lively medieval festival featuring minstrels, gallants, armored knights and jousting.  Over 60 skilled Artisans from all over the country display their favorite medieval merchant pieces. Taste specialty food and drinks.  

10th annual Flags of Remembrance in Murfreesboro, TN 

Continuing a ten-­?year tradition, the Noon Exchange Club of Murfreesboro will host an inspiring formation of U.S. flags in tribute to our veterans, our military, and our personal heroes Memorial Day weekend, May 26th – 28th.  Admission is free. 

Memorial Day Program At Stones River Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN 

Visitors are invited to gather at the national cemetery rostrum to remember the sacrifices of soldiers, past and present. The event will include patriotic music, a wreath laying ceremony and a reading of the names of veterans who have passed away since last Memorial Day. 

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April 24, 2018

Spring Fever in Middle Tennessee

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It seems that everyone has spring fever! More people are outside, enjoying the warmer weather Middle Tennessee brings this time of year. We want to help you get the most out of this spring season. Below are some ideas for family fun!

  • Plan a picnic at the lake (J. Percy Priest Lake and Old Hickory Lake are ideal locations)
  • Put on your walking shoes and tour downtown Franklin
  • Go biking on the Greenway in Murfreesboro
  • Take the kids to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
  • Stroll the gardens at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
  • Visit Lucky Ladd Farms to see over 100 friendly animals and take a pony ride
  • Experience an exciting zip line tour at Adventureworks or navigate through the rope obstacle course


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 Franklin Farmers Market – Franklin, TN

Enjoy the Farmer's Market at the Factory with 100+ vendors and a wide selection of fresh produce, cheeses, herbs, flowers and crafters! Franklin Farmers Market is held at The Factory in Franklin, TN, every Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Pioneer Days in Cannonsburgh - Murfreesboro, TN.

Enjoy crafters, demonstrators, music, car show, and blacksmith demonstrations in the historic Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro, TN. Event is on April 28, 2018, from 10AM-4PM and admission is free.

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Main Street Murfreesboro Jazz Fest – Murfreesboro, TN.

Jazz Fest is the first weekend in May on the historic downtown square in Murfreesboro, TN. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy free live music from great jazz musicians, performances from area high school and middle school bands. Other activities include kid’s alley, which will feature inflatables and other children’s activities along with numerous food vendors. Event is on May 4 – 5 in Historic Downtown Murfreesboro. Admission is free. 

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47th Annual Craft Spring Fair

Shop one-of-a-kind, finely crafted artwork from local artists and vendors. There will also be fun hands on activities for kids of all ages.

The event is Friday, May 4th, 2018 thru Sunday May 6th at Centennial Park. Admission is free.



If you have just relocated and are looking to purchase a new home, please contact NextHome Music City Realty at 615-610-7111 or click here to see available homes in your desired area.

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March 26, 2018

Sumner County, TN. Make it your Next Home!

sumner county image of homes in countrysideIf you’re looking to move to Middle Tennessee, why not Sumner County? Home to several popular cities like Hendersonville and Gallatin and boasting a population of 170,000, Sumner County has plenty to offer its residents.

Known as the home to the stars, Hendersonville, Tennessee is one of Middle Tennessee’s most desirable places to live. Providing some of the most beautiful scenery in the region and just 20 miles from Nashville, Hendersonville provides a higher standard of living for families, young professionals, retirees and corporate executives. Old Hickory Lake provides a beautiful venue for boating, fishing and camping. The renowned park system is known as some of the best in the state and provides year round recreation — from fishing and boating to biking and walking trails — they have it all and welcome all to enjoy the wonderful community.

Gallatin, Tennessee is nestled along scenic Old Hickory Lake just 30 miles north east of Music City and sports one of the most active and vibrant suburbs in the Nashville region. Gallatin’s unique blend of arts, culture, history, agriculture, industry and outdoor activities make it one of the most sought after destinations for folks seeking to relocate their family or business. With over a dozen agri-tourism destinations, several marinas, wineries, golf courses and parks, you’ll always find something fun to do in Gallatin. Don’t forget the fantastic southern cuisine throughout the welcoming community, as well as lots of international fare. Located on the Cumberland River, Gallatin was an important location during Westward Expansion and the Civil War and many of the historic stops tell those stories — from Manskers Station to Bledsoe’s Fort Historical Park and many others.

Besides boasting some of the best outdoor activities in the area, Sumner County is an economically vibrant region and continues to grow. Big name businesses continue to flock to the area and future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 40.84%.

Sumner County’s school system is one of the top in Tennessee and was named a “2018 Best School” by Niche and named one of “2018 Best Places to Live”.

A visit to gorgeous Sumner County may turn into the journey of your lifetime! If you’re considering relocating in Middle Tennessee, Sumner County is the place to be! The team here at NextHome Music City Realty would enjoy helping you find your home in Hendersonville or Gallatin. Give us a call today at 615-610-7111 or click here to search available homes in the area.

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March 13, 2018

New Agent Signs with Middle Tennessee-based NextHome® Music City Realty

Dr. Jenny McMath Portrait Image(Cool Springs, TN) NextHome Music City Realty proudly announces the addition of Dr. Jenny McMath as the most recent Affiliate Broker to join their real estate team. Dr. Jenny brings over a decade of real estate sales experience to the NextHome Music City Realty team as well as an MBA and a Doctorate in Education. She also currently serves as a budget coach volunteer for the Greater Nashville Habitat for Humanity and has served as a Tennessee Promise Mentor through the TN Achieves College Scholarship program.

Dr. Jenny said, “I’m thrilled to be part of the Music City Realty team for many reasons, but mostly because it’s a great fit due to their highly focused, personal approach to customer service. I’ve developed a career based on helping others and buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions we make in our lives.”

According to Randy Bacik, Broker/Owner of NextHome Music City Realty, “Dr. Jenny is a great addition to our team. She has helped families in financial distress sell their homes and work with their mortgage company to complete Deed-in-Lieu proceedings. She’s great at developing a plan of action beneficial to clients. Dr. Jenny lists and sells New Homes, Single-Family Homes, Condominiums and Residential Investment Properties.

NextHome Music City Realty is one of the hottest real estate agencies in the Nashville / Middle Tennessee market. They are one of the nation’s most creative and forward-thinking real estate agencies as well as the fastest growing real estate company in the country. NextHome provides both a real office environment and a full host of virtual solutions for their agents. NextHome Music City Realty is currently seeking to add professional real estate seller agents and buyer agents to their team.

To contact Dr. Jenny, please call her at 615-610-7105 or via email at To contact NextHome Music City Realty please call 615-610-7111 or email

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March 5, 2018

Middle Tennessee-based NextHome® Music City Realty Welcomes New Agent

Mistie Germek Portrait Photo(Cool Springs, TN) NextHome Music City Realty proudly announces the addition of Mistie Germek as the most recent Affiliate Broker to join their real estate team. After living in Washington, Montana, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Colorado and California, Mistie finally made her home in Middle Tennessee over a decade ago.

When asked about what she enjoys most about the real estate industry, Mistie stated, “I have a passion for building relationships and developing an understanding of what my client’s want and need so I can provide them with the best service possible. My training and experience as a clinical psychologist has helped me fully commit to making sure my clients are understood and listened to and that they feel connected with me and the process of buying or selling a home – that’s why I believe NextHome Music City Realty is the best fit for me. Their culture is welcoming, innovative and focused on making the home buying and selling experience the very best it can be for our clients.”

According to Kim Bacik, Affiliate Broker/Owner of NextHome Music City Realty, “Mistie brings a unique skill set to representing real estate buyers and sellers. Her training and professional experiences in psychology, education and coaching youth soccer paired with her involvement with the Special Olympics-TN have enabled her to develop strong communication, organization and relationship building skills. We’re very excited she’s on our team!” Mistie lists and sells New Homes, Single-Family Homes, Condominiums and Residential Investment Properties.

NextHome Music City Realty is new to the Nashville / Middle Tennessee market. They are one of the nation’s most creative and forward-thinking real estate agencies as well as the fastest growing real estate company in the country. NextHome provides both a real office environment and a full host of virtual solutions for their agents. NextHome Music City Realty is currently seeking to add professional real estate seller agents and buyer agents to their team.

To contact Mistie Germek, please call her at 615-610-7105 or 303-880-7686. To contact NextHome Music City Realty please call 615-610-7111 or email

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Feb. 26, 2018

How to Buy a Home in a Seller’s Market

Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions that you can make, and the current Middle Tennessee Seller’s Market can make for a stressful home-buying process — unless you team with the right Realtor. A seasoned Realtor knows it can be difficult to know what to expect when the seller is in control, but they can help you find your dream home. Because homeowners are waiting longer to sell or the recent super-hot real estate market minimized inventory—there are fewer homes on the market.

Using a NextHome Music City Realtor will give you an advantage because they know where and when to look for your perfect home. Relying only on online searching can be exhausting, confusing and inconvenient. It can also be very expensive. Why? Because a professional realtor knows how to save you money and time. They will help you narrow your search which will make your efforts more efficient and accurate. More importantly a realtor can help you strategize when placing a bid or making counter-offers, they know the market and understand what sellers seek.

Sellers know that there is a shortage in housing inventory and this gives them more leverage in negotiating your offer, so it’s important to be prepared to come in with the right bid and be ready for competitive bidding, while staying within budget. Since you are highly likely to be bidding against other buyers, search for homes slightly under your maximum budget and give yourself some wiggle room to bid higher rather than going over budget.

Make sure to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a loan. If you’re planning to sell your house to buy a new one, it can be beneficial to sell first and find short term living arrangements before buying. When buying a new home in a seller’s market it’s crucial to make an offer and make it quick, so be sure to take all of these factors into consideration in your home buying process and most importantly, reach out to one of our NextHome realtors!

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Feb. 25, 2018

Country Music Lovers from Nashville Properties Go to the Grand Ole Opry

Country music lovers from Nashville properties go to The Grand Ole Opry.Those living in Nashville properties are lucky to be able to attend a show at The Grand Ole Opry whenever they wish. Most people have to travel across the country or even across the world to experience the magic. A countless number of country music stars have gotten their start at the Opry. It all started back in 1925 with the radio show called “The WSM Barn Dance.” The show is still going strong and has been a big reason that Nashville is known as Music City. Early performers such as Bill Monroe, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, and Roy Acuff graced the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium and made a name for themselves and for the venue. In later years, Dolly Parton, Bill Anderson, and Loretta Lynn continued the legacy.

Living in Nashville Gives Access to the Best in Country Music

Outgrowing the space, the Opry moved from Ryman Auditorium to the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974. A six foot circle of hardwood was taken from Ryman and placed in the new Opry house so that the early traditions would never be forgotten. Today such top country stars as Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Mel Tillis, and many more continue to grace the stage. Anyone who cannot listen in person can tune into 650 AM WSM, utilize the SiriusXM Satellite Radio, or listen at the Opry’s website.

Come to see your favorite artists, hear up and coming singers, and even go for a backstage tour. Choose from a daytime tour, post-show tour, or VIP tour. Walk in the steps of superstars, see what happens behind the scenes of a show, and hear stories from the guides about the past and present country stars. If you are new to living in Nashville, this is a great place to start to learn more about the city and feel more like a local. Purchase tickets, find details about tours, read more about the history, and listen to the great country music at The Grand Ole Opry.


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Feb. 25, 2018

Live in Nashville and Take a Trip to Ancient Greece at the Parthenon

History buffs who live in Nashville visit the Parthenon.Feel as though you are in Athens Greece, even though you live in Nashville, while visiting the Parthenon in Centennial Park. This replica of the Parthenon in Athens was built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition. The building as well as the 42-foot statue of Athena are full scale replicas of the originals. There are many other plaster replicas of marble sculptures found in the Parthenon as far back as 438 B.C. Most of the originals are now in the British Museum in London. This building also houses Nashville’s art museum. The permanent collection consists of 63 paintings donated by James M. Cowan of work by 19th and 20th century American artists. The Parthenon also has gallery space available for temporary shows and exhibits. Watch the calendar to see what is coming.

Nashville Real Estate Owners Visit the Art Gallery and Centennial Park

Enjoy some time away from your Nashville real estate and visit the Parthenon anytime Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The admission price is $6 for adults and $4 for children or seniors. Members get in for free and group rates are available as well. Walk around at your own pace and take advantage of materials for a self guided tour. Trained docents are available to answer any questions. Also consider this beautiful facility for your next event. This is an unforgettable backdrop for a wedding reception or other party. Call (615)862-6810 or email to set up a site visit.

While visiting the Parthenon, also take the time to enjoy the fresh air at Centennial Park. This is a very popular urban park and spans 132 acres. The Parthenon is the pinnacle, but visitors can also get some exercise on the one-mile walking trail, take their furry friends to the dog park, play sand volleyball, attend an event at the bandshell or events shelter, enjoy the lovely sunken garden and Lake Watauga, and gaze at historical monuments. Find more information about the Parthenon and links to other parks and recreational opportunities in Nashville.


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Feb. 25, 2018

People Living in Nashville Homes Learn Local History at Travellers Rest Plantation

Learn about historic Nashville homes at Travellers Rest.Discover more about the history of the area near Nashville homes by visiting Travellers Rest. The 1799 home of Judge John Overton has an interesting story to tell. Remnants of a Native American Village that was inhabited from 1400 to 1475 A.D. exist here and archaeological work has been going on since 1805. Experts believe that the Mississippian village extended 10 to 12 acres and was home to an advanced people with agricultural, artistic, and social skills. Visitors to the site can see ceremonial items, pottery, and box graves. Homesites and a palisade wall that market the boundary of the village were present when John Overton acquired the property in 1796.

Explore the Historic Nashville House of Judge John Overton

In addition to the story of the native people, Travellers Rest tells the story of John Overton and of life in 19th century Tennessee. There are many exhibits to view inside this Nashville house. Learn about the Overton family and their story during the Civil War. This property served as a headquarters for Confederate General John Bell Hood prior to the Battle of Nashville. Multiple telegrams were issued by General Hood, copies of which are on display in an exhibit. Also visit exhibits about enslaved people who lived at Travellers Rest and gain a better understanding of how people lived during this time.

Travellers Rest is located at 636 Farrell Parkway in Nashville and is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Purchase tickets to explore the grounds and exhibits or pay just a few dollars more for a guided tour. Consider booking a group tour and luncheon to learn more about the property and then enjoy lunch on the beautiful lawn. Also watch for special events here, come for workshops, send children to summer camp, and consider this property to host an unforgettable wedding or special event. Find all of the details at Travellers Rest Plantation.


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Feb. 13, 2018

Murfreesboro and Rutherford County…What great places to live!

Murfreesboro has been recognized for several years now as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States-currently the 10th fastest growing city in the country. Rutherford County and Murfreesboro offer a lot of different amenities and attractions that are appealing to newcomers, as well as to long-time residents. People come to tour, shop, dine and relax in this Southern vibrant community and then choose to stay and become permanent residents!

Murfreesboro’s proximity to Nashville and other larger cities plays a huge part in the growth of the city. Day trips to Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and other cities are very feasible and enjoyable for residents of Murfreesboro. Many times, people come to Murfreesboro in order to be close to Nashville, but they stay because they fall in love with Murfreesboro’s small town environment and historic heritage.

Many young people are moving into Murfreesboro as well. Students and graduates of MTSU move to Murfreesboro for their education, but find jobs and stay in town after graduation. As the fastest growing city in the state of Tennessee, Murfreesboro offers a lot of employment opportunities and activities. Murfreesboro boasts a vibrant, thriving business community with new companies moving in everyday.

Murfreesboro has a lot to offer in the realm of arts, culture, and history as well. With a Civil War Battlefield and several events and organizations geared toward supporting local artists and musicians, Murfreesboro is a great place to enjoy the arts and explore the history of our nation. Events such as JazzFest, Uncle Dave Macon Days, Depot Days, Old Timers Day, and venues like the Stones River National Battlefield, the Sam Davis Home, Oaklands Mansion, and Cannonsburgh Village provide residents great entertainment and educational opportunities.

For a little fun or relaxation, you can cheer on The Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders or take a walk on the Greenway. The Avenue, an unmatched outdoor shopping experience, is home to a variety of retail and restaurant options… something for everyone!

The financial and educational benefits of living in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County should not be overlooked. Our community offers a lower cost of living than the national average and our schools are consistently ranked top in the state. Murfreesboro is home to Central Magnet School, the #1 ranked public school in Tennessee.

Our business-friendly environment is a huge draw for entrepreneurs to chase the American dream, which contributes to our low unemployment rates. Low crime rates as well, make our part of the world a great place to live and raise your family.

If you’re considering relocating in Middle Tennessee, Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is the place to be! The team here at NextHome Music City Realty would enjoy helping you find your home in Murfreesboro, TN or anywhere in Rutherford County. Give us a call today at 615-610-7111 or click here to search available homes in the area.

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