East Nashville Crime Rates Drop 8%

In the Metro Nashville area, mayor crime is down for the fourth year in a row, according to the Metro Police Department’s Annual Crime Report and at it’s lowest in 17 years. The report shows major crime was down 2.1% in 2007 compared to 2006, with homicides down 9.9%, and at its lowest level since […]

The Heathiest Housing Markets in 2009

From a recent article on www.Bulider.com : #11. Nashville, Tennessee 2008 total building permits: 8,142 Nashville, the 20th largest home building market, operated under the radar of the national housing boom. It didn’t ramp up wildly during the boom years, and it’s not contracting viciously during the bust. Median home prices remain an affordable $152,100, […]

Charlotte Park: A Second Hill Center in the Works?

I’ve long been a champion of the still-affordable 1950’s brick homes off Annex Road in the Charlotte Park subdivision. These are solidly built but typically-in-need-of-updates homes. It’s also one of the last affordable neighborhoods on the coveted “West Side.” Well, not for long if the Charette rumors come to fruition. Apparently H.G. Hill Realty has […]

High End Hutton Hotel Opens on West End

Hutton Hotel has officially opened in the West End. Developers describe the hotel as casually elegant with New American cusine and energy effecient features. A renovated office building turned hotel at 1808 West End Ave., Hutton is the only Nashville hotel that’s a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, a luxury hospitality organization […]

The Gulch Certified as Green Neighborhood

“Nashville’s Gulch has been certified as the first green neighborhood in the South and one of only about a dozen in the country. Mayor Karl Dean and Gulch developer MarketStreet Enterprises made the announcement Tuesday morning. The Gulch was one of about 240 projects from 39 states and six countries to compete for the LEED […]

The Downtown Nashville Condo Market: comments by builder Tony Giarratana

Is the Nashville downtown condo market — like the proverbial glass — half-empty or half-full? As they say, it’s all about perspective. And the same facts can be used to illustrate two very different points of view. I was reminded of this after reading The Tennessean’s Jan. 20 article on the supposed cooling of condo […]

Mortgage Tips: Get Ready

Here’s a warning for potential borrowers: Nervous lenders have tough new rules and are paperwork-crazy. Borrowers are going to have to prove they are the borrower they say they are; homebuyers should consider these things before they apply for a loan. 1. Down payments are critical. Borrowers should expect to put down at least 10 […]

The NEW Home Mortgage. What You Need to Know

Shopping for a home loan? Things have probably changed since the last time you purchased. Here’s a great article for CNN keeping you up on what you need to consider.