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What Is the Average Cost of Living in Nashville, TN?The cost of living in Nashville, TN is on the rise, as the appeal of Music City is apparent through rapid population growth of nearly 100 people moving to Nashville daily, according to the US Census. The influx of new residents is a large part of why Nashville currently ranks as number 53 amid the 75 most populous cities in America concerning monthly living costs.

The average Nashville resident spends about $2192.76 per month on necessities, including:

  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Household needs

These expenses have now surpassed comparable cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas and Orlando. Here's a breakdown of what the typical income is in the community as well as where the money goes when one calls

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How to Craft a Home Buying BudgetBuying a home can be costly! Between the down payment, closing costs, moving costs and then the monthly mortgage, you'll have many expenses to budget for when buying a home. Establishing a budget before getting started with the home buying process can help ensure that you're ready to buy a home. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Know What to Expect

Before starting the home buying process, it's important to know what major expenses must be covered when making the purchase. Below are some of the most common expenses home buyers face when making their purchase:

  • Closing costs, 2%-5%. Closing costs
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4 Popular Window Types For Your HomeAll homes need windows in order to let light inside and make it more comfortable to be inside. However, there are many different types of windows out there. When a homeowner chooses a type of window for their home, they aren’t just choosing a piece of glass. All the different types of windows have different uses and functions that make them ideal for certain rooms. There are windows that open, windows that never open, windows that can be doors, and even windows that help create a unique shape on the home. When a homeowner is choosing new windows for their home, they have a lot of options. Here are some different types of windows and what makes them unique.

Hung Windows

When it comes to hung windows, there are single-hung and double-hung windows

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How to Conduct Market Research Before Buying a HomeAre you buying a home soon? The first step of the home buying process is to do market research. Knowing the prices of homes in the area, talking to real estate professionals and lenders, viewing listings and taking similar steps can help you prepare to buy a home. Knowing what's available and how much homes cost in your area can help you when the time comes to buy a house.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Look at Homes in the Community

One of the ways that home buyers can get a sense for the type of home they would like to buy is by viewing homes that are for sale. Showings can be done in person or online through video tours. It's a good

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Moving to Nashville

Nashville is a vibrant city with a long history, is rich with culture, and has entertainment for everyone. The culture of this city draws people in, and although moving to Nashville isn't always easy, it's definitely worthwhile. The more you know about the area, the easier your relocation to Music City, USA will be. There's a lot to learn about Nashville's public transportation, good economy, the resources it has for locals, and things to do in the area. Knowing about all the great features that Nashville has to offer can make life in and around Nashville rewarding.

Whether you're a parent, working adult, or a retiree seeking a quiet place to settle down, Nashville has a little something for everyone. Here's what you need to know about relocating to

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What You Should Know About Home AppraisalsWhether buying a new home or selling a current one, appraisals are an important part of both processes. Having a home appraised is helpful for both home buyers and sellers, so everyone needs to know what appraisals do and how to get the most out of them.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is a Home Appraisal?

A home appraisal is when a professional appraiser comes to the home and inspects it in order to come up with the most accurate price estimate possible. Home appraisals are done both when buying and selling a home. While sellers often choose to use an appraisal to decide on a price for their home, buyers will also get a home

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Efficient Garage Organization IdeasMillions of homeowners have garages that are so full that they cannot park a car. Organization is the solution to this problem. However, the issue is that many people have no idea where to start, so their attempts to organize their garage keep failing. With these tips, homeowners will have a better sense of what they can do to get their garage clutter under control.

1. Create a Storage Plan

Creating a storage plan helps homeowners identify what they want to do with the garage, which makes it easier to implement. People should start by making a list of:

  • What to store
  • Where it should go, like on a wall or hanging from the ceiling
  • How often it will be used, and by whom

This list will make the next steps run more smoothly.

2.

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What You Should Know About Property LiensThe ultimate goal for home buyers purchasing a home with a mortgage is to ultimately pay off the home loan so they don’t owe anything on it, making the home 100% their property. Until the home loan is paid off, the mortgage provider has a claim to ownership of the property, which they can act on if the homeowner stops making their mortgage payments. It’s important for home buyers and sellers to be familiar with property liens when trying to buy or sell a home because a lien can add extra difficulties to a sale. Here is what everyone needs to know about property liens.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, tax, or financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is a Property Lien?

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How to Spot the Wrong Home BuyersHome sellers need to be careful when considering who's coming to look at their property, and thankfully, there are signs that will give buyers away. Most buyers will reveal their true characters in one way or another. Look for these red flags before jumping into serious (and time-consuming) negotiations with the wrong person.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Buyers Are Just Getting Started

People who are just getting started or show up to an open house without a real estate agent are extremely unlikely to make a serious bid on the home. While some people choose the first home they see and attribute the purchase to fate, it's

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Getting Wood Floors? Check Out These 4 Great OptionsWhen it comes to floors, wood has always been a popular choice among homeowners. Wood floors are durable and can last decades with proper care, they give homes a classic look, and they can also add value to a home when it comes time to sell. However, there are multiple kind of wood floors, and homeowners who aren’t aware of that may be overwhelmed by all the choices when they go to choose which type they want.  Here are some different types of wood floor materials a Gallatin homeowner can chose from when they decide to have wood floors installed in their home.

Hardwood Floors

When it comes to wood floors, hardwood is definitely the one everyone thinks about first. Hardwood floors can be made from any type of hardwood, but oak is the most commonly

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