All Blog Entries by Kim Blanton

Kim Blanton is a REALTOR and is a Certified Residential Specialist

Found 10 blog entries published by Kim Blanton.

Not Familiar With How a Septic System Works?

 Wondering what you should do when you purchase a home that is not connected to public sewer?

If you are working with REALTOR, he/she should be aware of the laws regarding septic tank disclosures and make sure your offer/contract addresses the septic system.

Purchasing a Home With a Septic Tank

In the Tennessee area, septic systems are based on number of bedrooms, not bathrooms.  The tank holds the solid waste and the liquids drain from the tank out into the field lines(filled with gravel and also underground) The number of field lines determines the number of bedrooms that the system can handle. One field line per bedroom.  The bedroom measurement is used rather than bathrooms as it is a measure of how many people can typically live

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Rumba Down

My husband and I have owned horses for over 25 years.  They live with us on our farm in Tennessee.  Most of our horse years, we traveled all over the country riding trails and seeing scenery that you can only begin to imagine.  We have been to some beautiful places in this great Country of ours.

In 2014 my husband and I decided to stop taking such long trips with horses and concentrate on events and places more local.  We actually have two horses that have traveled over 300,000 miles, in the trailer.  It was that year that we decided to go to some local horse shows just to be spectators.  It wasn’t long that we got the show bug and decided to start showing. The event that my husband was most interested in was the Working Cow Horse Classes.  To

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Whether you just purchased your first horse or you've owned horses your entire life, it is always great to continue learning new information about your furry friends.

Learn more about grazing management here! Your horses will appreciate it 

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This rare find Goodlettsville TN home for sale under $250000 in 37075 is ready for you! The location is ideal and there is a huge detached garage workshop in addition to the basement 2 car garage and a large carport.  There is plenty of driveway parking for entertaining. 

This home is coming soon and will most likely sell immediately as it is priced at $239,500.  Please contact your agent or myself to learn more about the property and be one of the first ones to view it as it comes on the market.  

Looking for a Basement?

This home is located on a shady dead end street, in a convenient subdivision in Goodlettsville TN. This jewel of a home has 2132 square feet including 3 bedrooms, a finished basement with half bath that is plumbed for a shower,

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Since I as a REALTOR have had this happen to several of my home for sale listings, I have decided to write this blog post in hopes of helping those families wishing to rent a home, not fall victim to this very popular rental scam.  

Did you see a beautiful home listed on Craigslist or other Classified Online Services that claimed to be for rent?  Be careful, it could very likely be a scam!  And   remember,  if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is....

 The scammer searches current online real estate ads for houses for sale, and  especially those that appear to be empty.  They copy the photos and the description  and then make their own online "for rent" advertisement.  The monthly  rent advertised is usually lower than expected and

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Contingency Contracts

home contingency contracts As a REALTOR, I get many calls from buyers who have found a house on line and want to get more information.  So many times I have to tell them that the house is already under contract.  Yes, our Nashville TN area real estate is booming and many houses are under contract.  

The issue is that buyers are looking on 3rd party websites that do not show that a home is under a contingency contract and are still showing as Active.  This is because the listing agent will not toggle the listing as a Pending until the buyer contingencies have been satisfied. Those contingencies could be inspection period, financing, or buyer has a home to sell.  The listing agent wants to protect his/her seller and make sure the house remains on the

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square footage in a homeWhen purchasing a home in the Middle Tennessee area, remember that bigger is not always better when determining usable square footage.  Many buyers feel that the total square footage of a home determines their usable space. Not so.  Smaller houses can actually be bigger. How? By having more usable linear footage, than square footage.
 • Linear footage is length of each usable wall in a room.
 • Square footage is determined by outside dimensions of heated living space(excluding 2 story foyers, garages, etc. which is not living space) (Over garage bonus rooms are measured differently) Buyers are encouraged to measure wall space rather than concentrate on the total square footage of a home. • Is it a floor plan with little or no wasted space or does the home

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Some horse farm buyers often make the mistake of simply going with the real estate agent who is carrying a listing they’re interested in.  Who you choose to represent you is very important - you don’t have to use the listing agent to represent you.  Many times that listing agent is not an equestrian or an equestrian real estate specialist.  

And, having a separate buyer's agent, particularly one who specializes in equestrian property, will give you a representative who is acting in your interest, not the sellers. 

How to choose an equestrian realtor

Additionally, I am sure you can understand the importance of working with an agent who owns horses and understands the needs of horses. 

So who should you choose?  It’s

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 Home Staging Goes Beyond Decorating and Cleaning...

Home StagingIt is about adding the small details and dressing the house for sale. Staging makes the house look bigger, brighter and warmer; making home buyers WANT to buy it.

Professional Stagers are highly skilled artisans. They possess skills of a top level designer without breaking the bank. Stagers create dramatic visuals that appeal to all five senses.

The idea behind staging is to allow the rooms of a house to show potential and what they truly have to offer a buyer. A vacant, un-staged, home is a home without a soul and buyers sense this. You will also need to make sure the outside of your home and especially the front entrance is warm and inviting.  Make the buyer want to walk inside your home!

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    Seller Occupancy After Closing 

      I want to tell everyone a little story about Occupancy After Closing and why it is so important from a buyer's position to have a written document.  Not to long ago, I represented a buyer who purchased a home in Hendersonville, Tennessee located in a popular lakeside community.  

    Occupancy After Closing

     Because the seller was building a new home, part of their negotiations to my buyer was that they would like to occupy the home for 3 days after closing in hopes that their nearly finished new home would be ready to move in.

    Get it In Writing!

    My buyers agreed and we prepared an Occupancy After Closing document that we presented to the sellers and they agreed to sign.  Many times agents and buyers/sellers do not write up a

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