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Nashville Summertime ActivitiesWith the month of July winding down and back-to-school season right around the corner, there's not much time left to enjoy all the fun-filled summer activities the Nashville area collectively has to offer. But even as we approach the end of what's really been one HOT summer, things are still heating up and there's still plenty to see and do before the leaves begin to change! Here are three things you’ll want to make sure you do in Nashville before the summer ends.

Explore the Parks

Nashville is packed with thousands of acres of parks, perfect for hiking, running, walking or enjoying a picnic lunch. Be sure and hit up downtown’s Bicentennial State Park to view the monuments, the unique play area of Cumberland Park and tour the replica of a Greek

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Townhouses Proposed for Germantown SiteWhile the Germantown neighborhood may be one of the city’s most underrated neighborhoods, at least in our opinion, development continues for this desirable part of Northern Nashville. Recent headlines grabbed our attention that outlined a possible new development that could bring 22 new townhouses to the area, which is widely thought to be one of the more attractive locations for both residential and commercial development right now. 

According to The Tennessean, a group of Nashville investors have secured nearly an acre of land in Germantown in which plans are currently under way to develop the 22 townhouse project, which would be located at the northwest and southwest corners of Taylor Street and 2nd Avenue. 

If built, the new townhouses would be

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Condos or Apartments Likely Coming to Nashville's Woodbine NeighborhoodNews broke earlier today about a local development group acquiring the former lumber yard located near the northeast corner of Nolensville Pike and Thompson Lane on Nashville’s southeast side. And according to reports, the buyer, Woodbine LLC, could be planning to develop condos and apartments at the site sooner rather than later. 

The entire site, which was purchased for just $1.33 million, encompasses 3.55 acres and developers are still waiting on final approval from the city that would allow the kind of multifamily development they’re looking to build. 

In all, the plan is for the new project to feature 92 units, however, it’s still not entirely clear whether those units will be condos or apartments. Either way, Woodbine LLC has mentioned they'd

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Energy Saving Tips for Nashville Home OwnersIn case you didn’t feel the heat wave that swooped through the Midwest earliest this week, the summer season is clearly in full swing. When living in Nashville, it’s hard not to love this time of year, especially with all the fun-filled events and festivals in town that take place all season long. But with the warmer temperatures can also come a much higher energy bill, unless of course you implement some energy-saving strategies that are sure to save you some money. 

Listed below are just a few simple tips that can go a long way in keeping energy usage to a minimum and ensuring maximum savings when it comes time to pay up. So if you’re someone who dreads seeing that NES bill in the mailbox every month, consider taking the following measures to help

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Nashville Real Estate Market UpdateWhile Nashville-area home sales were up again last month compared to June 2015, the growth rate wasn't quite as significant as what we’ve seen throughout the first half of 2016. In total, the Nashville region saw 3,869 home sales in June, or about a 1.7% spike compared to the same month last year.

As you might recall, the Nashville area saw 3,698 closings back in May, which was close to a 4% increase compared to May 2015. Furthermore, the year-to-year comparison in April was significantly higher than in both May and June, showing what was almost a 12% spike from April 2015 to April 2016.

A closer look at market conditions also reveals that despite home sales starting to slow down a bit, home prices around Nashville continue to rise. According to the

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15 vs. 30 year MortgagesWith today's low interest rates, does it make sense to build equity fast or try to pay off a mortgage?

Is it better to sign for a longer term and then pay additional principal each month? What is the best strategy for building a secure future?

Burning the Mortgage -- An Outdated Goal?

There was a time, not so terribly long ago, when the goal of every homeowner was to have a "burn the mortgage" celebration. But that was when buying a home seemed more like an end goal than home ownership is today. That was also during a time when having the security of a home for old age and future generations was simply "what was done."

Today, owning a home "free and clear," is almost a negative, because it requires cash reserves for taxes and insurance,

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Home Owner Tips For the BackyardWith the summer season in full swing, home owners all around the Nashville area are surely spending a lot more time outside, enjoying the beautiful scenery that defines Middle Tennessee. Depending on where you live and how much space you have, there are plenty ways to enhance your outdoor living area, especially if you have a fairly large backyard. And with plenty of warm summer days and nights ahead, it’s not too late to implement some of these awesome outdoor design ideas:

Install a DIY fire pit.

Although it may sound simple, and even somewhat obvious, there’s no better centerpiece to have in your backyard while enjoying a relaxing night out under the stars than a well-designed fire pit. Furthermore, it’s also one of the easier and more affordable

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Celebrities Living in NashvilleSome recognizable names have apparently purchased new Nashville homes in June, joining the thousands more who have already made their way to Middle Tennessee over the last six to eight months.

First reported by The Tennessean, TV personality and talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her husband Tim, a former NFL quarterback and current ESPN football analyst, have bought a fabulous $2 million home in Belle Meade, which was last on the market a decade ago when it sold for $1.85

Also on the move the Tennessee Titans’ latest acquisition, DeMarco Murray, who has reportedly found a new home at 1606 Whispering Hills Drive in beautiful Franklin, TN. According to property records, Murray’s new home was last on the market in 2010 when it sold for $1.9 million.

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Home Sellers TipIf you’re thinking about selling your Nashville home, there’s probably a million things going through your head right now. Moving is usually a stressful time for almost anybody, but among the top priorities when finally making the decision to sell should always be making sure you get the most money you can during the home selling process.

Like many things, not all homes are created equal, so determining how to price your home right is one of the most important elements in how much success you’ll have once listing your home or condo. Of course our team of local Nashville real estate agents will be there every step of the way should you decide to list with the Ashton Real Estate Group, but in the meantime, here’s a look at just a few quick tips to consider

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Most Iconic Restaurant in TennesseeIf you think about all the things that help define a certain region or state in the U.S., food is one of those items that has to be near the top of the list. From classic deep dish pizza found all over Chicago to the mouth watering cheesesteaks you can only get in Philadelphia, food absolutely helps define the local culture in so many different places around the country.

Just recently, PureWow, a digital media brand that mainly publishes women’s lifestyle content, posted a fun article that identifies the most iconic restaurant in every single state. Depending on how much you travel, many of the eateries that made the cut are among the most recognizable restaurants in the country, which is certainly the case for what they consider the most iconic

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