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Nashville New Homes: The 2012 Parade of Homes – inside and outside

If you havent yet visited the 2012 Parade of Homes at Kings Chapel, GO NOW!

CLICK HERE for more information on this great event.

The Kings Chapel community is located on Highway 96, just west of Highway 31A in Arrington.  Just minutes away from I-65 South and Hwy 840.

Today, our HBAMT Sales & Marketing Council had the opportunity to tour each of the homes featured on the Parade.  This year’s parade is one of the best yet and is truly worth taking the time to visit.

My photography skills are not the greatest, so you really should see each home for yourself.  No picture would do these fantastic homes justice!

 

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Nashville Homes Blog: The 2012 Parade of Homes

Once again it’s that time of year!

The Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT) announces the 2012 Parade of Homes,  open to the public from October 6 – 21, 2012.  The event is sponsored by LP Building Products, Franklin Synergy Bank, and Kings Chapel Realty.

This year’s Parade is at the unbelievable Kings Chapel Community, in Arrington, Tennessee, located on Highway 96, just west of Highway 31-A Nolensville Road.

CLICK HERE for more details about this great event.

A well attended “awards celebration” was held Thursday night to recognize the best builder of each design category.  Here are the winners for 2012:

Best Front Elevation           Tradition Homes

Best Landscaping                  Tradition Homes

Best Foyer                                Aspen Construction

Best Kitchen                            Woodridge

Best Master Suite                   Aspen Construction

Best Floorplan                        Aspen Construction

Best Child’s Room                 Tradition Homes

Best Outdoor Living Area  Norfolk Homes

Best Home Mural                   Southern Heritage

Best Interior Decorating    Woodridge

Most Livable                            Aspen Construction

Best Home Theater               Woodridge

Best Draperies                         Tradition Homes

Best Craftmanship                 Aspen Homes

Best Faux Finishes                Southern Heritage

BEST OF SHOW                 Aspen Construction

A special thank you to all of the builders and suppliers that are participating in this year’s parade.  One visit to this location is all the evidence you will need to agree that the Middle Tennessee housing market is in full recovery!

Now, some scenes from the “preview party” at the Kings Chapel Pool & Club House.

There is something for everyone to see at this year’s Parade of Homes!  If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, remodeling an older home, redecorating, or just curious about the technology in new homes, you owe it to yourself to visit!

For more information on the Kings Chapel Community, visit online http://www.KingsChapelLife.com.

After the Parade is fully underway, pictures of the homes on the tour will also be posted.  It was simply too dark last night for my substandard photography skills. You need to see it in person anyway!

Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340.  Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, Gallatin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

We can get better… but only when WE want to.

The older I get, the more I look back.  Sometimes I just laugh, and sometimes I probably should cry.

I remember when the internet was the phone book and a set of World Book Encyclopedias.  If you wanted to know something, you either found it in there…or you asked someone else.

I can also remember life without cell phones, although I will readily admit I was among the first to succumb to the addiction in the early 80’s.  My first was a Motorola hand-held, which was purchased for $2850.  Then the monthly service fee plus every nanosecond that it was used.  But it was cool.

Just a few short years ago, our only means of communicating in business was either face-to-face, a phone call, or by mail.

Fast-Forward to today’s times.  We have the internet, we have “google.”  We have Facebook and Twitter to keep abreast of everyone’s last known move.  We have websites instead of showrooms.  We have remote-control home systems.  And now, everything can be accessed by our own personal cell phone.

It amazes me.  Communication has never been easier, while at the same time it has never been more difficult.  People are simply overwhelmed with information and cannot comprehend, or react to, it all at one time.

Those that are getting the messages across are those that know exactly how to attract someone’s interest.  They know exactly what information people search for.  They know how to make themselves stand out in the crowd.

We all can be one of “those” people.

This Thursday morning, yes TOMORROW, the HBAMT Sales & Marketing Council is proud to have Mike Lyon visit Nashville.  Mike is author of the best-selling book “Browsers to Buyers” and will conduct a workshop on just how the internet can be used to build and improve today’s businesses.

The event is hosted by Piedmont Gas at their corporate offices.  Registration and continental breakfast is from 8-9, with the workshop from 9-12.  CLICK HERE for all of the details!

Folks, new technology and the internet is not going away.  There are no “app” substitutes for being likeable and sincere.  And no “app” can take the place of a personal visit.  However, we can position ourselves better for our message to be heard.

But first, we’ve got to learn how to send it.  See you there!

Trey Lewis is VP Sales & Marketing for Ole South Properties Inc, Tennessee’s largest independent home builder,  615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340 or emailTLewis@olesouth.com.  Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, Gallatin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Nashville New Homes: Your Very Own Dream Machine

The past few years have offered some incredible opportunities for home ownership, with many just now getting off of the fence and exploring.  What did they see, hear or feel that made them decide to act now? 

I love selling new homes.  You meet so many neat people.  While they may have different needs, they all have one common desire – they want to own something!

One prospect I recently worked with answered the question like this…. “If I don’t buy anything now, I won’t have anything to sell later!”

 

She explained her reasoning…. a friend in her office was retiring.  She and her husband were turning 60.  All of their kids were grown.  Their house was paid for.    Their dream was planned.  They wanted to see the world while they could still enjoy the experience.

They had recently sold their home of 35 years.  With the proceeds, they purchased a smaller town home so they would have a place to get the mail, or a “home base.”  They purchased a large Motor Home with plans to visit every state in the continental US, and Canada too!  They were leaving April 30th, with no firm plans other than to take a break for a 14-day European Cruise in September.  Needless to say, they still had a chunk of money left over from the sale of their home!

 

My prospect has similar dreams for her future, and like she said earlier, “If I don’t buy anything now, I won’t have anything to sell later!”

In essence, her new home is now her very own “Dream Machine.”  When she is retirement age, it will be paid for.  It will be hers to sell.  The proceeds will be hers to enjoy.  She put it even simpler…. “After 30 years of renting, all I would get is a Change of Address Form.  Now I will have something to sell!”

Everyone has a dream for the future.  Owning your own home will increase your ability to pursue that dream.  And as long as you continue to rent, you are giving your landlord the ability to pursue his or her dream.

What is YOUR dream?   There is a “Dream Machine” that can make it come true!  CLICK HERE to find yours.

Trey Lewis is VP Sales & Marketing for Ole South Properties Inc, Tennessee’s largest independent home builder,  615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340 or email TLewis@olesouth.com.  Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, Gallatin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

 

 

Nashville New Homes: The HBAMT Home Show – Don’t miss it!

You know Spring is just around the corner when it is time for the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee’s HOME SHOW.  The event is being held at the Williamson County Agricultural Center and it is going on NOW through Sunday!

CLICK HERE for all the details.

Exhibitors began setting up their booths early Thursday morning and from what I saw then, this year’s show will be better than ever.  Not only will new home builders (LIKE OLE SOUTH) be there, but you will also see the latest in home improvements and services!

Whether by choice or not, we are all spending more of our free time at home.  Why not check out the latest trends in home enjoyment, especially outdoor living?  You will be happy that you did.

And while you are there, drop by and see Ole South.  Yes, you really can buy a $275,000 all brick home in Williamson County without making a down-payment!  While you’re there, register with Annette Spicer to win a $100 Gift Card.  Find out why thousands of Tennesseans are proud to say, “Ole South Built It.”

 

 

Trey Lewis is VP Sales & Marketing for Ole South Properties Inc, Tennessee’s largest independent home builder,  615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340 or email TLewis@olesouth.com.  Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, Gallatin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

 

 

 

Nashville New Homes: Just why are new home starts so critical to our economy?

Wasn’t it great to hear some positive news over the nation’s airwaves this week?

Although high unemployment is still a grave concern, there are signs that we could very well be in our next “recovery.”  Slow, it may be, but that beats what we’ve been hearing for a LONG time!

Like it or not, we are in a World Economy, and many European countries have far greater financial issues than the US. to deal with.  This past week brought optimism that those issues are being addressed.  News released last week was positive enough for many to “call-off” a predicted “Double-Dip-Recession” in the US.

http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/10/27/no_double_dip_recession_u_s_gdp_growth_2_5_in_third_quarter.html

And there was positive news for new home starts too!

http://www.census.gov/const/newressales.pdf

That brings us to today’s question…. “Why are new home starts so critical to our economy and it’s recovery?”

Could it be that new homes are one of the few remaining items that are built here in the US?  New homes aren’t built in a factory overseas and shipped in….well, not yet anyway.  New home construction provides immediate jobs to the very area where they are being constructed.  It is said that each new home start creates 3 full-time jobs for one year!

Everyone that has purchased a new home recently can be proud they have contributed greatly to our economy.  (Those that have purchased their new home from us at Ole South have contributed even greater!)

Jobs in this country are still hard to come by, but there are a lot of things that each one of us can do to make a difference.  Buy products made in the US whenever possible.   Not only will you be saving existing jobs, but creating new ones as well.  From the tube of toothpaste, to a kitchen table..it still is possible to find!

A friend forwarded an email to me this morning that opened my eyes even more.  It is about a behemoth container ship used to transport goods from China to the US.  Please read below:

The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line, is shown in the photos below.

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What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time.

This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!! This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012.

 These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their goods and stuff from China . They hold an incredible 15,000 containers and have a 207 foot deck beam!! The full crew is just 13 people on a ship longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a crew of 5,000. With its 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals ….

 It is strictly Transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.

The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-toCalifornia run. 91% of Wal-Mart products are made in China. So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.

The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded.

 The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two hours.

 Editorial Comment!

A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that all of these containers are shipped back to China, EMPTY. Yep, that’s right. We send nothing back on these ships. What does that tell you about the current financial state of this country? Just keep buying those imported goods (mostly gadgets) until you run outof money.

Then you may wonder what the cause of unemployment (maybe even your job) in the U.S. and Canada might be????

‘Nuff said ??

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WOW.  And that is just ONE of thousands of container ships.  Something to think about for sure.

Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340.  Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.