Nashville Homes – Luxury Lakefront Home on Old Hickory Lake

With every passing day, Nashville gains world-wide recognition as “the place to be.”   For those of us that have lived here our whole lives, this comes as no surprise.

Simply put, the quality of life in Middle Tennessee cannot be beat!

In addition to all the excitement of downtown, another major contributor to the area’s quality of life is the proximity of lakes and rivers.  Living on the lake is a lifestyle that is unmatched, especially in this home on Old Hickory Lake that is now FOR SALE!

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Old Hickory Lake Home

The word WOW first enters your mind as you drive through the security gate of this “compound-like” lakefront estate.  Located on the main channel of the Cumberland River / Old Hickory Lake with its own private covered boat slip, you are only minutes away from everything Old Hickory Lake and Nashville has to offer – whether by boat, or car!

Check out this video of this amazing home on Old Hickory Lake:

The video couldn’t begin to cover all the features of this lakefront paradise.  There’s a natural gas powered auxilary generator that will power the entire home automatically in the event of a power outage.  Add a state-of-the-art security system to keep unwanted guests from crashing the fantastic parties you could host!  Thousands have been spent on modern HVAC systems.  The list goes on…..

Give Beth a call t 615.596.7570 to find out more.  She, or any of the members of The Ashton Real Estate Group of Re/Max Elite would love to introduce you to lakeside living!

CLICK HERE to view the MLS Listing.

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Breaking News: Government still open. But, where are they?

Oh goodie!  At the final hour, a budget deal was hammered out.  Our government continues to function.  Whether or not this is a good thing depends on who you ask! 

The talking heaads of both political parties have their grips firmly on the microphones.    Sound bites abound.   Tears being shed.   Our security threatened.   Our military threatened to serve without a scheduled paycheck. 

Just what was accomplished?   Who won and who lost?  Or did the country win out over the long haul?  Time will reveal the answer.

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My question is, “Where are they?”   Where are the statesmen (and stateswomen too) that put the common good of the country over the good of their particular party?  Where are the communicators that can make simple sense of the most complicated of issues?

Today, JJ Love of Re/Max Elite in Nashville forwarded an email about Thomas Jefferson to me.  I would like to share it with you also, and ask that you pass it on as well.    Lets try and find some of these character traits in those we vote for in upcoming elections.

 Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early
in life and never stopped.

             At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

             At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

             At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

             At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

             At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

             At 23, started his own law practice.

             At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

             At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights
of British America ” and retired from his law practice.

             At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

             At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .

             At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and
wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

             At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding
Patrick Henry.

             At 40, served in Congress for two years.

             At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated
commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John
Adams.

             At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George
Washington.

             At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of
the American Philosophical Society.

             At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active
head of Republican Party.

             At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .

             At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s
size.

             At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

             At 65, retired to Monticello .

             At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

             At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of
Virginia and served as its first president.

             At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed
attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God,
his laws and the nature of man.  That happens to be way more than what most
understand today.   Jefferson really knew his stuff.  A voice from the past
to lead us in the future:

    John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is
perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in
the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

    When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we
shall become as corrupt as Europe .
    Thomas Jefferson

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work and give to those who would not.
    Thomas Jefferson

    It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A
principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
    Thomas Jefferson

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of
taking care of them.
    Thomas Jefferson

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from
too much government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood
of patriots and tyrants.
    Thomas Jefferson

    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas
which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties
than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to
control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation,
the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive
the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the
continent their fathers conquered.”

Here is a link to more about this fascinating American statesman:

http://sc94.ameslab.gov/TOUR/tjefferson.html

Where is a Thomas Jefferson when you need one?  Perhaps this would be a good time for some DNA and cloning research funding.   If we could clone Thomas Jefferson, we just might have a chance!

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 home sales in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee

Nashville New Homes: What people want.

The topic of yesterday’s meeting of the Nashville Chapter of HBAMT was “Features Most Requested by New Home Buyers,”  presented by Jayson Campbell, of Re/Max Elite.  Jayson has many years experience in new home sales.  That, combined with his general brokerage experience gives him a clear advantage in knowing first hand what buyers do, and don’t want.  Best of all, he communicates those observances well.  When he is speaking, you will enjoy listening!

I won’t share all of the detailed information because you should have been there too.   One fact is clear.  Although many people’s financial capabilties are less than they once were, their expectations are not.  Our challenge is to provide solutions that meet and exceed those expectations, and stay within financial capabilities.

You can have every design feature, the very best location, and the very best price, but THE MOST IMPORTANT thing every buyer wants is the answer to three questions:

1)     Can I trust you?

2)    Are you good at what you do?

3)    Do you care about me?

In the age of the internet, our prospects don’t want us to “feature-dump.”  They already know most of the answers.  What they don’t know, they will ask.   They don’t want canned presentations and can smell a “lack of sincerity” a mile away.  They truly want to find a place where the answer to those three questions is YES!

When I first got into Real Estate, a veteran agent told me…. “Make a friend, sell a house.”   That simple quote stuck with me.  Those three questions above will stick also and will be more useful than any “cliche” from a book.

Years ago I was working with a retired couple moving from Brentwood to Spring Hill.  Upon meeting them, I asked them very sincerely “why in the world you would want to do that?”  (That’s a no-no in the books!)  They proceded with their reasons…  Their current home was paid for.  They could pay cash for the new home in Spring Hill and have money left over to have more fun.  They also wanted to get a little further away from family, who came by and raided the pantry a bit too often!

They were very methodical and the search came down to two homes. After a few weeks of consistent visits, I was bombed with a question…. “Why should we buy your home over the other one?”    (I knew exactly what their other choice was and ours was clearly a better fit.)   We went down their list of needs and wants and addressed each one, without “trashing” the other home.  I then said, if you don’t buy this house, then I have failed to effectively communicate the exceptional value you are getting and how happy you will be in it.

“Bullshit!”  said the man with a slight grin.  “What’s the real reason?”   The real reason????  (slight hesitation)  “If you don’t buy this home, I won’t make any money.”  They both burst into laughter and the contract was signed.  And we are still friends to this day.

Back to Jayson’s three questions.  They don’t apply just to those buying a home, but building realtionships in our every day life.  The selling process really is easy.  Some of us just prefer to complicate it.

One other tidbit…. never “trash” or make fun of another home.  Someone will buy it, knowing what you said, and will never speak to you in the grocery store again.

Happy Selling!

You do not have to be an actual home builder to become involved in the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee.  There are lots of benenfits to becoming a member of this, and the HBAMT Sales & Marketing Council.  Please feel free to call me anytime for additional information.

 

 

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