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How Much Can a Real Estate Agent Make in Tennessee?A career in real estate can be extremely lucrative, but it will take a lot of work and a bit of time to rise to the top-earning ranks. The good news is that Tennessee real estate professionals earn comparable—if not higher—salaries than in many other states. Learn more below about earning potential as a first-time real estate agent or an experienced agent considering moving to the Volunteer State.

Understanding Real Estate Commission in Tennessee

Real estate agents work on commission, and it is unusual for agencies to pay a regular salary beyond that. A traditional salary is a fixed amount that employees receive weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Income in the form of commission, on the other hand, is earned based on the completion of a task. In real

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Brentwood Best Neighborhoods

The city of Brentwood in Greater Nashville has a little bit of everything, from quaint, small-town charm to sophisticated urban living. Plus, the city's parks, golf clubs, and entertainment districts are second to none. The best neighborhoods in Brentwood provide access to all these amenities while being close enough to Nashville for residents to enjoy the big city, too.

Belle Rive

Developed in the late 1970s, Belle Rive is known for its quiet, tree-lined streets. The community has two main subdivisions: The Highlands of Belle Rive and Belle Rive II. Both feature luxury homes on large private lots.

Residents of Belle Rive enjoy various community amenities, including a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, and walking trails. Homes in the

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Entering the Realm of Real Estate? Smart Reasons to Get a MentorBeing a successful real estate agent is far more challenging than becoming one. After passing classes, the exam, and getting licensed, the hard work begins for a new real estate agent. One of the best ways that newer agents can accelerate the likelihood of their success in the business is by having a mentor.

A mentor will coach their partner, lessening any struggles with the learning curve, so you won't feel like you are being thrown to the wolves. Keep reading to learn why having a mentor can be invaluable as you start a career as a real estate agent.

What Is a Real Estate Mentor?

A real estate mentor is like any other mentor—a guide who aids in furthering their mentee's goals. In the field of real estate, a mentor is someone who has

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Pros & Cons of Purchasing a New Construction Home

Buying a home that has never been lived in before can be a dream come true for many buyers. However, everything isn't as easy as it may seem, as the process varies when buying a new construction home or custom-built home versus buying a resale property. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of buying new construction homes and a few tips for avoiding the potential barriers and drawbacks of the process.

The Advantages of Buying a New Construction Home

Customizing a model home or having a ground-up custom-built home has many benefits. The fact that no one has lived there before minimizes the chances of shoddy repairs, unpermitted work, unsightly patches on walls, and worn-out appliances. Another bonus is that buyers know what they'll pay

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Brentwood Most Expensive Neighborhoods

Just over ten miles from the heart of Nashville, the Brentwood community is one of the region's most popular, vibrant, and fast-growing suburbs.  While Brentwood offers affordable neighborhoods, the city has become known for its high-end homes, providing luxury options for Nashville area buyers looking for large, unique properties. The most expensive neighborhoods in Brentwood offer plenty of amenities from outdoor recreation to beautiful houses.

McGavock Farms

Home to some of Brentwood's priciest properties, McGavock Farms is a historic neighborhood set along the Little Harpeth River. The subdivision stretches from Franklin Road/US Route 31 to Granny White Pike, with Murray Lane as its southern border. It takes its name from the family that once

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How to Decide If You Should Join a Real Estate TeamOne of the first steps that a newly licensed real estate agent ponders is whether they want to join a real estate team.

Real estate teams are divisions of agents within a brokerage who work together to address all of a real estate agent's responsibilities, including generating leads, marketing properties, and servicing client needs. While some agents might prefer to work independently at their brokerage, there are numerous advantages to combining resources with a team.

Real Estate Teams Share a Network & Knowledge

Independent agents, particularly new ones, need to work hard to establish a network and get their foot in the door. Working with a real estate team allows agents to access the networks and experience of their peers.

While

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Franklin Fun Facts

Just south of Nashville, you'll find the small town of Franklin, named one of "The South's Best Small Towns" and "The South's Prettiest Towns" by Southern Living. At one time, Franklin had a thriving public square and elaborate Victorian mansions. Today, that public square is an exceptionally well-preserved, vibrant downtown core.

How about some more fun facts about Franklin? The town also offers several historic Civil War-era sites, an abundance of shopping and open green spaces, an incredible live music scene, and is home to several major corporate headquarters.

CoolSprings Galleria Serves as the Largest Employer in Franklin

In a city with several large companies in the healthcare sector and where many corporations have chosen to base their

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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in TennesseeAnyone considering pursuing a real estate license in Tennessee can earn one within three to six months! Obtaining licensure as an agent in Tennessee is considerably easier than in many other states. Once you learn about a career in real estate, it's time to become certified. Let's discuss some specifics of getting a Tennessee real estate license.

Legal Requirements for Real Estate Agent Eligibility

In addition to a desire to assist buyers in finding their dream home or selling their current one, would-be agents need to meet the legal eligibility requirements. Applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Be a United States citizen or lawfully admitted alien
  • A resident of Tennessee for at least 45 days before obtaining a license
  • A high
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Brentwood Most Affordable Neighborhoods

Brentwood is a picturesque town located just 15 minutes away from the city of Nashville. Well-known as one of the best places to live in Williamson County, this 45,000-person town has all of the amenities of a bigger city and the tight-knit feel of a small town. The most expensive neighborhoods in Brentwood are famous around the country, but you don't have to buy a multi-million dollar mansion to live the good life in Brentwood. The Brentwood real estate market also has plenty of affordable neighborhoods with beautiful homes and great amenities. Keep reading to find Brentwood communities that offer the best bang for your buck.

Copperfield

Situated three miles east of Downtown Brentwood, Copperfield homes for sale are part of a planned community

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How to Get Started as a New Real Estate AgentEvery real estate agent's goal is to become a trusted professional people turn to. However, achieving that status and moving away from the “newbie” label isn't always easy. To grow from “newbie” to “seasoned,” agents can proactively work to earn veteran status in their profession. Consider the following six top steps to help any "newbie" start a career in real estate:

1. Develop a Personal Brand

The key to success is to project a cultivated image and develop a personal brand. This persona is what will help cross the barrier from newbie to veteran status. Successful agents who have earned the trust of their community find this goodwill to be a tremendous asset to their brand.

To start, agents should select three adjectives to define themselves

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