Brentwood Real Estate News & Market Trends

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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.


Posted in Market Updates
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.


Posted in Market Updates
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.


Posted in Market Updates
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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Jan. 29, 2018

Tips To Help Sell Your Home!

There’s a lot of work that goes into selling your home and preparing your house to be sold. The first and most important step in that process can often be the hardest, you have to de-clutter and get as many of your personal items as possible out of the house! If potential buyers are coming in the door and see your family photos and items of personal memorabilia, they will have a harder time imagining themselves and their family living in the house.

It’s also crucial that you keep everything well-lit and as clean as you possibly can. Make sure you clean windows and trim any bushes outside to let in natural sunlight. If you can, invest in light bulbs with a higher wattage too. Keeping your home well-lit will help it seem brighter and more cheerful, which will make it more appealing and an easier sell.

Make sure you keep the whole house in tip top condition, including any storage areas. Storage is one of the top things buyers are looking for and they will snoop through every nook and cranny that they can find, so keep cabinets and shelves looking neat and organized. Empty part of your clothes out of the closets to make them seem more spacious and organized.

Staging is also important when selling your home. Make sure beds have nice comforters and your couch looks inviting with a few throw pillows. Have candles on hand to light before showing the house and have a few magazines placed nicely on the table. You want to make sure your home is inviting and a few accents can really help sway a potential buyer.

The interior of the house is what most people think of when “cleaning up” their house, but it is also important to make sure the outside is looking fresh and appealing when you’re selling your home. First impressions are everything, so make sure the outside is clean and trim, maybe plant some flowers or even have some landscaping done in order to boost the curb appeal of your home.

If you’re already in the process of selling your Middle Tennessee home or just beginning to consider it, be sure to reach out to one of our NextHome Music City realtors for more resources! Give us a call at 615-610-7111 or click here to connect with one of our agents.

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Jan. 24, 2018

Top Nashville Real Estate Agent Team Joins NextHome® Music City Realty

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NextHome Music City Realty

January 24, 2018

(Cool Springs, TN) NextHome Music City Realty announces the addition of identical twin brothers, Abe and David Kiggins, The Kiggins Brothers Team, to their growing offering of industry leading Real Estate agents. These two high-energy, innovative and well-traveled brothers are tag-teaming to provide middle Tennessee home buyers and sellers and commercial investors a power-packed duo that are ready to solve real estate challenges.

Both brothers are long-time entrepreneurs and have spent over a decade in the Nashville market working with and for the entertainment and sports industries.

“We take pride in having built our careers around selfless-oriented services for our clients. Our unwavering passion for helping our fellow Nashvillians achieve their real estate goals sets us apart in the market,” stated David Kiggins.

Born in Los Angeles, the two brothers sought separate paths as David graduated from the University of Arkansas and Abe from the University of Tennessee. David went into publishing and publicity and most recently exceled as an agent/broker in the entertainment industry, while Abe was a trainer for many of the world’s elite athletes at UT and in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as an outdoor adventurer and retail store owner in Knoxville.

Abe said, “We’ve both had successful individual careers and are fortunate enough to have lovely and smart wives and supportive families. Now, we want to shake up the Nashville real estate market with an energy and passion typically only seen at the most elite corporate, entertainment and athletic levels-because those are our professional backgrounds. We understand what it means to be “all in” for our clients and believe they will immediately experience the difference we’ll provide.”

“Bringing David and Abe to our NextHome family of agents has already added to the energy level in our company. Their passion for helping people makes them a perfect fit for our team and clients,” said Randy Bacik, Broker/Owner of NextHome Music City Realty.

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.

David is married to Carly and they have 3 children, Warren, Ivy and Brewer.
Abe is married to Leigh Christina and they have a daughter, Neely Kay.

To contact Abe Kiggins please call him at 850-485-5344 or email at or to contact David Kiggins please call him at 615-852-0634 or email at To contact NextHome Music City Realty directly please call 615-610-7111 or email


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Nov. 30, 2017

Helpful Money Tips When Buying a House!

The thought of buying a home here in Middle Tennessee can be daunting in today’s market. Purchasing a home is one of the most important financial decisions that a person can make in their life so it’s important to be prepared for the financial commitment.

One of the simplest ways to start saving for a home is simply to create a budget and stick to it. This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s important not to let that left over money tempt you when you’re trying to save money for a home.

You might consider downsizing before purchasing a new home too. If you’re renting, you can cheapen your rent by moving into a smaller apartment in order to put more of that money towards your home-buying fund. Moving twice might sound like a pain, but it’s a great way to save for a down payment on a home. If you live alone, consider moving in with a roommate to save on rent, or if you live with your significant other, use your combined income to your advantage: consider living off of one income and saving the other.

Another thing to keep in mind is your credit score. Make sure you’ve checked your credit; a good credit score will help you get a mortgage loan. If you have any debts that haven’t been paid, try to raise your credit score by paying them off or at least making some payments towards those debts. Don’t open any new credit accounts when you’re applying for a mortgage loan, newly opened accounts can cause dips in your credit score, which can discourage lenders.

It is always smart to get pre-approved before house hunting. Many people go through the pre-qualification process to determine a price range, but the pre-approval process goes one step further. In this market where there can be multiple offers on the table, it is appealing to the seller to know that a mortgage lender has already reviewed income, assets, and monies available for a down payment and closing costs.

Consider how much you can afford to put into a down payment too, larger down payments encourage sellers, but take your savings and income into account and don’t overspend on it.

Here at NextHome Music City Realty we want to help you have the best home buying experience possible. Let us help you find your dream home! Give us a call at 615-610-7111 or click here to view some of our preferred lenders.

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Nov. 16, 2017

Why Make Franklin Living Your Realty!

Charming Franklin, TN has mastered the blending of old and new to become home to one of the best Main Streets in the country. The Southern Charm and economic growth in Franklin are just part of the appeal of the Nashville suburb.

There’s so much to explore in Franklin, if you enjoy shopping there’s everything from high-end chain stores in Cool Springs Galleria to the local boutiques downtown to antique shops all throughout. The Factory is a more recent addition to the shopping scene in Franklin. It was formerly – you guessed it – a factory, but is now home to a variety of different shops.

If you consider yourself a foodie or just enjoy a nice meal out, there are a plethora of restaurants to appeal to every taste.  Whether you prefer southern cuisine from Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant or fine dining at the Red Pony, there is something for everyone!

If you prefer the great outdoors, Franklin has plenty to offer in the realm of outdoor adventure as well. There are several nature trails in and around Franklin and Williamson County, as well as the gorgeous, Natchez Trace Parkway and Harpeth River. There are a variety of outdoor activities that are great for weekend adventures.

Franklin has become a haven for artists and entrepreneurs alike. Between Pilgrimage Music Festival, the Franklin Art Scene, and the Franklin Theatre, all kinds of art and entertainment is happening in Franklin. Franklin also takes pride in the many small businesses that have been providing the downtown area with a great variety of boutiques and specialty shops.

There is also a huge corporate presence in Williamson County. Companies such as Nissan North America, Tractor Supply Company and MARS Pet Food.

If you love our furry little friends, Franklin has become a “test town” for MARS Petcare Better Cities for Pets program.  This program encourages pet friendly businesses, provides welcoming shelters and has created park space for pets to play!

It’s so easy to feel at home in Franklin with the small town vibe and the close knit community, it feels like there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It’s hard not to love a place like Franklin with all of its history, culture, and economic growth. If you’re dreaming of living in the Franklin area, contact NextHome Music City Realty at 615-610-7111 or click here to view available listings.  We want to help you make Franklin living your reality.

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Sept. 17, 2017

Mixed-Use Communities on the Rise South of Nashville

Mixed-use communities are becoming more and more popular, especially in the highly desirable area we serve, just south of Nashville. Mixed-use communities are developments that combine residential, commercial, and industrial spaces so residents can live, work and play without ever leaving the community. The Nashville area is one of the fastest growing in the country, so there is a growing need for places that offer a little bit of everything in one convenient space. Here are two examples we love.

Opened in 2003 in Franklin, WestHaven focuses on livability. It combines beautiful homes and landscaping with convenient shopping and amenities, so residents never have to go far for groceries, appointments or even schools. Large front porches, sidewalks, walkways and parks foster connections between neighbors, and frequent social events hosted within the community create a vibrant community spirit. WestHaven offers new homes, custom homes and previously owned homes to accommodate any homebuyer’s needs.

Berry Farms
Also located in Franklin, Berry Farms is similar in concept to WestHaven, except with an additional 3 million square feet of office space, as well as land parcel opportunities. Berry Farms is a bit more spread out. It’s comprised of 600 acres with smaller residential neighborhoods. There are also plenty of retail shops, restaurants, office parks and other commercial spaces. Berry Farms has multiple social events each month including festivals, farmer’s markets and more. The master plan for Berry Farms is still being developed but will include an expanded town center and more residential units, apartments and office space.

There are plans currently being developed on mixed-use communities in other cities near Nashville…

McEwen Northside in Cool Springs
Construction is underway for the $120 million, 45-acre first phase of McEwen Northside, which will bring apartments, offices, a hotel, restaurants, retail spaces and green spaces to Cool Springs. Apartment living will be upscale, with 10-foot ceilings, designer kitchens and bathrooms, elevator access, a fitness center and spa, resort pool and resident club.

Ovation is a mixed-use development in Cool Springs that will have similar features to McEwen Northside. Construction will begin sometime in the summer of 2017. This space is meant to be a big slice of a small-town city, both chic and comfortable.

Nolensville Market Square
A new space is coming to downtown Nolensville! This will be a place where residents can work, shop, dine and relax. The new development will have seven new buildings of residential condos, office and retail space. Keeping in step with the historic flair of downtown, the new space will be pedestrian-friendly. Additionally, it will feature state-of-the-art amenities to enhance Nolensville’s current downtown area. The goal of the development is to bring something new and dynamic, with a nod to the history of Nolensville.

Mixed-use communities provide convenient living in a friendly atmosphere. As the Nashville area continues to grow, we expect to see more and more of these communities being developed, and are excited to show customers all they offer. If you want to learn more about homebuying opportunities in a mixed-use community, give us a call at (615) 610-7111.

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Aug. 23, 2017

5 Reasons to Move to the Nashville Suburbs

The Nashville Suburbs
Are you thinking of settling down in the suburbs? Maybe you want to live near a big city but not in one. The area south of Nashville has some of the most highly-rated suburbs in the state of Tennessee and in the U.S. Here are just five reasons why you should consider Nashville’s suburbs as your next place to call home.

Comfortable Living
Nashville is the fastest-growing city in America. As a result, the towns south of Nashville are booming in popularity. In fact, according to, the suburbs of Brentwood and Franklin are ranked as the top two places to live in Tennessee. Nashville’s suburbs have become known for their high standards of living, robust job market, exciting business opportunities, new neighborhoods, entertainment experiences and southern hospitality. This area is the perfect place to live, work and play. Nashville’s suburbs provide homebuyers with a lot of options, from sprawling estates to mid-sized family homes to chic, modern townhouses and condos. Plus, the areas just outside Nashville have considerable natural beauty, with scenic rolling hills and vast open land that make living in these suburbs that much better.

A Healthy, Active Lifestyle
Whether you’re young and single, raising a family or enjoying retirement, Nashville’s suburbs are great places to live. It’s easy to engage in local sports and community events. The active lifestyle is supported with amenities such as nature parks, museums, zoos and aquariums. Because healthcare is the region’s leading industry, the area offers more than 250 healthcare companies and six of the nation’s top 10 hospitals. In fact, Williamson County was rated as one of the healthiest counties in America.

NashvilleProximity to City Life
Another big draw is proximity to Nashville. The area south of Nashville is perfect for those who want the peace and quiet of a small town with a large entertainment mecca just a few miles away. Nashville is famous around the world for being the home of country music, but there are so many experiences for those who like other kinds of music, too. The city is also home to professional sports teams including the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, the Nashville Predators of the NHL, and the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team. If you’re a foodie, you’ll fall in love with the city’s food scene. There are numerous fun and exciting things to do in Nashville, whether you’re a young adult, a family with kids or a retiree. Nashville has it all, from superb dining, shopping, sports, nightlife and entertainment to wonderful museums, parks and concert halls.

Pet Friendly
If you’re an animal lover, this area is for you. Nashville is a very pet-friendly city, with numerous restaurants, bars and hotels that allow you to bring along your four-legged friend. The cities surrounding Nashville have countless dog parks, greenways, public farms and state parks that are perfect for exploring with your pet. Mars Petcare recently designated Franklin as the first city in its Better Cities for Pets program. This program creates more pet parks, adoption centers and encourages businesses and hotels to become more pet-friendly.

Southern Charm
Our towns are loved for their southern charm. If you’re looking to settle down in a community centered around family, this is the place for you. Yet, the area has been recognized as a top retirement destination as well. Nashville’s suburbs are known for their leisurely southern pace. Here, you will experience neighborhoods with close-knit communities. Each town is unique with its own appeal and things to do. Additionally, each town has regular events designed to help bring locals closer together.

Just south of Nashville, you can experience small, southern towns with a modern twist. Come explore these areas that offer a little bit of everything – beautiful homes and landscapes, exciting activities and friendly communities. Imagine the suburbs of Nashville as your new home, and you’ll realize it’s the perfect place for you.

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