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Home Downsizing Guide These days, it is as popular to cut down as it is to move up. If you have been longing to ditch your oversized, overcomplicated house in favor of something smaller and more appropriate for your current needs, you have to do a little planning.

Avoid these common mistakes so that your downsizing does not become a downward spiral.

Failing to Consider Future Needs

Downsizing means recognizing that your current home is not meeting your needs as you see them. When you buy a smaller home, it is crucial to perform the same kind of reality check about your future home.

Buying the little old house in the middle of the woods may seem like a dream come true, but it could become an awful decision 10 years from now if you end up not enjoying the

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Wedgewood Houston Shipping Container ProjectA local Nashville-developer has proposed a rather unique residential project for the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood—a part of town that’s rapidly evolving into one of the coolest places to call home. 

Planned for 2150 Byrum Avenue at the corner of Byrum Avenue and Wingrove Street, the new development would essentially be a three-story condo building that would ultimately hold 91 individual units if completed, which at first might seem totally common. 

But in a somewhat unusual twist, developer FMBC Investments is planning to build the structure using shipping containers, giving the project a dynamic design that’s specifically appealing to anybody who loves the idea of re-purposing usable materials for just about anything, including housing. 

As

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How to sell a home with kids Selling your home under any circumstances can be stressful. But selling a home with kids can potentially bring about an entire level of stress you never thought possible. Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. You just need to implement some kid-friendly steps that will make selling your home with kids a breeze.

Here are five steps that will take some of the stress out of selling a home with kids.

1. Have the Talk

No matter what age kids you have, talking with them and including them in your plans is critical to their acceptance and cooperation when it comes to selling your home. Most kids don't like change. It could mean them losing their friends, starting at a new school and a whole other realm of insecurities that might seem

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Ceiling Improvement Tips If there is one part of the home that is routinely ignored when it comes to making home improvements, it is the ceiling. Whether you want to increase the sale value of your home or you’re simply looking for a way to spice up various rooms, there are a number of ceiling treatments that will let you accomplish a variety of things.

Enhance the look of a room’s lighting, make the room feel more expansive or add a touch of class. No matter what effect you would like to achieve, the following ideas will inspire you to try creative new ceiling treatments. 

1. Consider Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings were long considered to be French in origin, but it turns out that the earliest coffered ceilings ever discovered were at least 2,000 years old,

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Should You Get a Second Mortgage While getting a mortgage to buy a home is fairly common, reasons to get a second mortgage may be less obvious. Home buyers and existing homeowners often use a second mortgage to finance a home purchase, home improvements, pay-down credit card debt or to purchase things they need.

Second mortgages are as important consideration than primary mortgages. The understanding of the finer points, from liability to interest rates, helps a borrower to make a practical decision regarding second mortgages.

Have questions about your mortgage? Always consult with your mortgage lender for advice specific to your needs.

1. Why Get a Second Mortgage?

Simply put, a second mortgage is a loan secured by the home that is secondary to the primary mortgage.

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Foreclosure Buying Foreclosure filings spiked in the height of the housing crisis, and for many years, foreclosed homes were readily available. However, today in many parts of the country, foreclosures are less common, but there may still be some available for patient home buyers. If you're thinking about purchasing a home in foreclosure, the following tips will help you understand the process and get the best value for your money.

Home Auctions Vs. Home Traditional Sales

Homes in foreclosure are usually sold in one of two ways: through an auction or through a traditional sale. Auction sales are usually at the county courthouse. They can be competitive, complicated and somewhat mystifying to the inexperienced buyer. If you plan to purchase a home at auction,

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Nashville Lots For SaleIn case you haven’t noticed, prices for new construction homes have increased dramatically over the last couple years and are continuing to go up with seemingly no end in sight. While numerous factors continue to play a role in the bustling new construction sector—like historically low mortgage rates, a robust job market, and a limited housing inventory—part of the problem is directly tied to a shortage of new home lots in many of the country’s hottest markets. 

According to the National Association of Home Builders, many cities across the U.S. are currently at record lows when it comes to available lots, with Nashville specifically listed among those mentioned. Demand for new homes, however, remains as strong as ever in many of these same cities,

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Going from Renter to Homeowner You’ve finally reached a point in your life where you plan to be in the same place for longer than a 12­ month lease. Instead of making rental payments on a monthly basis, you want to earn equity and have a permanent roof over your head.

But rent doesn’t translate into mortgage on a simple 1:1 ratio — a lot more goes into the transition than you might think, from the upfront costs involved to what happens if your dishwasher malfunctions and spews food­ flavored water all over your floor.

As you prepare to pick up the torch of home ownership, the folks at ABODO suggest you keep these five things in mind, and you’ll be just fine - and on your way to building home equity!

1. Prepare for Upfront Housing Expenses

Say goodbye to the security

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Germantown Real Estate While home prices in Sylvan Park are on the rise, it’s certainly not the only neighborhood in Nashville that’s seeing some jaw-dropping price tags make headlines. According to recent reports, a home in Nashville’s fabulous Germantown community has just recently sold for over $400 a square foot—a new record for this part of the city. 

The home—a three-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom stunner with 2,152 square feet of living space—apparently closed at $867,600, which comes out to just over $403 per foot. As part of the amazing Luxus Germantown development, which features just six ultra-luxurious residences at the corner of Monre and Fifth Avenue North, there’s no doubt the property is easily one of the Germantown’s most stunning residences; but as demand for the

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Buying a Home in NashvilleWhether it’s being named one of the the friendliest cities in the world or being mentioned as one of the best places to look for a job right now, the city of Nashville is continuing to gain national (and international) recognition for a variety of different reasons. 

As we inch closer to the end of summer and gear up for the busy fall season, national financial website WalletHub is also taking notice in Nashville’s red hot real estate market, naming it one of the best large cities to buy a home in 2016. 

The study, which is based on 16 different financial categories like median home price appreciation, the percentage of homes selling for a gain, and rent-to-sale price ratio just to name a few, ranks Nashville as the 3rd best big city to buy a home,

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