Brentwood Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

May 14, 2019

5 Benefits of Using an Agent to Sell Your Home

5 Benefits of Using an Agent to Sell Your Home

The real estate market can be a tricky thing to navigate. If you find yourself ready to sell your home, you may feel overwhelmed, and that’s okay. The first step is to decide whether or not you will hire a real estate agent to help you sell your home. There are many benefits to hiring a agent. Here are a few:

1. The right listing price
As a homeowner, you may or may not know a reasonable price at which to list your home. A professional real estate agent will work to find comparable homes in your area and ensure that your home is marketed at the correct listing price.

2. Better showings
A successful showing can make or break the selling process. A real estate agent can guide potential buyers through your home and discuss any concerns or answer questions they may have. Successful agents know how to hold an open house to get you more offers more quickly.

3. Marketing
Your real estate agent has a thorough marketing strategy to help your home get the buyer exposure it needs. Social media, internet exposure, open houses, and neighborhood canvassing may all be a part of your agent’s marketing efforts. These strategies help more people find your home, which gets you more offers!

4. Negotiation
Your real estate agent can help you negotiate a successful contract. Professional realtors know how to get the highest price that the market will allow. They can also help you negotiate inspection results and make sure your house sells at a fair price.

5. Timeliness
When you buy or sell a home, you want the process to be as seamless and quick as possible. A good real estate agent will be able to provide the paperwork needed to get things finished in a timely manner. Your realtor will also keep you in the loop so you know how things are progressing.

Using a professional real estate agent to sell your home can help you navigate the tricky territory of the real estate market. If you’re interested in speaking with an agent about buying or selling a home, contact us today!

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Aug. 10, 2018

Preparing Your Home for Back to School

Summer has come to an end, which means your kiddos are gearing up for another school year! This season is often hectic and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. To help your family adjust to a new schedule and set your children up for success this year, try these simple back-to-school home improvement projects!



Adding practical storage and lots of shelving can help both you and your children be successful this school year. Start the school year off by organizing those junk drawers and closets that have been on your to-do list for months. An organized home will reduce stress and make early mornings much less stressful because everyone will know where to find what they need! Check out these DIY shelving projects:


Homework Space

Having a designated space for your child to complete their school tasks will help set a routine and allow them to focus without distractions. Whether its a desk in the bedroom or a table in the living room, make the space functional and comfortable with minimal distractions. Organize the space with bins and shelves for all the supplies they may need. Designate a drawer or bin for the projects, report cards and artwork that each child brings home. Take a look at these creative homework spaces for more inspiration!


Efficient Kitchen

Back to school also means back to rehearsals, practices, clubs and sports games. Hectic schedules are made more stressful when your kitchen space is unorganized or disfunctional. To make meal time as efficient as possible, organize your kitchen in a way that makes sense. Keep similar cooking items together, add a space for “on-the-go” snacks and bottled water, add seating areas so everyone can be together on the rare occasion that everyone is in the same place at the same time. A functional kitchen will help motivate you to prepare meals even when things are busy. Here are some more kitchen organization tips!


If your family has outgrown your current home, now may be the time to look for new space! 

Call us at 615-610-7111 or click here to see some homes in your area.

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July 12, 2018

Free Address Offices: The New Way to Work In Murfreesboro

Are you tired of being stuck behind the walls of your cubicle all day? Do you want a space to meet with clients, collaborate with coworkers and explore your creative side? Then a free address office may be the right fit for you. Here are a few reasons free address offices are the hottest new way to work:



With an open space concept, agents have the opportunity to relax in parlor-style seating, which allows creativity to flow more freely. A variety of comfortable spaces yields more creative solutions to problems and agents have the opportunity to stretch their imagination and increase productivity.



Gone are the days when the only time you connected with your coworkers was when you bumped into them on the way to the break room. In a free address office, with no cubicle walls to divide the space, you are free to mingle and work with other agents. Collaboration breeds innovation, and a collaborative space may be just the thing you need for your next breakthrough.



With full wifi capacity throughout the space, a free address office allows you to choose the way you want to work. Whether you prefer a private office or a comfortable couch, there is a space for you. Do you like to mix it up? With no assigned seating, you’re free to move around throughout the day. You know how you work best, and a free address office allows you to choose what works for you.


In the real estate industry, we understand the value of a well-designed space for living, working and playing. At NextHome Music City Realty, we offer our agents the opportunity to work the way the way they want to. Our new office combines practical spaces for independent work, collaboration and relaxation. If you are a real estate agent in Middle Tennessee, consider joining Murfreesboro’s hottest real estate team and get the most out of your “office time.”


Learn more about joining our team here! 

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June 12, 2018

NextHome® Music City Realty Welcomes Roy Blakeburn to Their Team

Roy Blakeburn(Cool Springs, TN) NextHome Music City Realty welcomes Roy Blakeburn to their real estate team. An East Tennessee native and ETSU graduate, Roy has called Middle Tennessee home for almost a decade. Roy’s passion for real estate, technology innovations and customer service attracted him to NextHome Music City Realty because he believes it’s a perfect fit for him and NextHome Music City Realty. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, husband and community volunteer, Roy serves home buyers and sellers in the Spring Hill, TN region. Roy stated, “The world is changing fast and I firmly believe providing a premium customer service oriented experience through the application of technology is the key to helping families both feel value and service from the whole experience. I found NextHome to be on the leading edge of the marriage between the traditional home buying experience and improved technology-based service—that’s why I enthusiastically joined NextHome Music City Realty.”

Randy Bacik, Broker/Owner of NextHome Music City Realty stated, “Roy impressed our entire team from day one. Not just his understanding of technology, but his desire for solving problems and helping his clients find the perfect home for them. We’re very excited to bring Roy’s excitement for serving others to our team. ”

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 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.

“Roy is the answer for home buyers with busy schedules and the need for their agent to lead the charge and present solutions—at their convenience. Roy is high energy and he makes it happen at every level for his clients. We’re grateful to have him on our team of exceptional agents!”, stated Randy Bacik.

To contact Roy, please call him at 615-538-8425 or via email at To contact NextHome Music City Realty please call 615-610-7111 or email.

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May 22, 2018

Memorial Activities in and Around Middle Tennessee

Memorial Activities in and Around Middle Tennessee - American Flag Background

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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