April 9th, 2014

These are the 10 Safest Places in Tennessee

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Looking for a place where the odds of crime are in your favor? Let us volunteer this ranking of the safest spots in Tennessee.


Franklin Tennessee

1.  City of Germantown
2.  City of Spring Hill
3.  City of Franklin
4.  City of Bartlett
5.  Town of Collierville
6.  City of Mt. Juliet
7.  City of Hendersonville
8.  City of White House
9.  City of Maryville
10. Town of Smyrna

Tennessee got its nickname, “The Volunteer State,” because of all the volunteer soldiers the state contributed to the War of 1812. More than 200 years later, there’s a different type of conflict being waged all across the U.S. on a daily basis: the war on crime.

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March 26th, 2014

Rent vs. Buy: Which is cheaper for you?

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From Trulia:


“The decision to rent or buy a home depends on where you live and also on your mortgage rate, tax bracket, and time horizon.”

“Homeownership remains cheaper than renting nationally and in all of the 100 largest metro areas. Rising mortgage rates and home prices have narrowed the gap over the past year, though rates have recently dropped and price gains are slowing. Now, at a 30-year fixed rate of 4.5%, buying is 38% cheaper than renting nationally, versus being 44% cheaper one year ago.”

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March 17th, 2014

Irish Stew

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2 medium-sized onions, choppedIrish Stew Oil, for frying
1 -ounce butter
1 sprig dried thyme
2 1/2 pounds best end of lamb neck, cut into large pieces
7 carrots, chopped lengthways into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons pearl barley
5 cups chicken stock, recipe follows
Salt (recommended: Fleur du Sel)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 bouquet garni (parsley, thyme, and bay leaf)
12 medium potatoes
1 bunch parsley, leaves finely chopped
1 bunch chives

Serving suggestion: herb butter, recipe follows



In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook the onions in oil and butter, on medium-high heat until they are translucent. Add the dried thyme and stir. Add the lamb and brown on a high heat to seal in juices. Add carrots, and pearl barley. Pour in the chicken stock so that it almost covers the meat and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper, and add Bouquet garni. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours, being careful not to boil. Place potatoes on top of the stew, cover and cook for 30 minutes until the meat is falling beautifully off the bones and the potatoes are fork tender.

Serve the stew in large flat soup bowls, and drizzle herb butter over the potatoes or garnish with parsley and chives.


Chicken carcass

1 onion

4 cups water

3 stalks celery, roughly chopped

Bay leaf

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the stockpot. Combine ingredients in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Then let it cool down and skim off the fat.


Herb Butter:

1 stick butter

1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped

1 small bunch chives, finely chopped

1 sprig thyme

Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add parsley, chives and thyme.





March 13th, 2014

Millennials Vs. Boomers – home buying trends

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Whose buying homes? Everyone of course. It’s the smart thing to do! But what generation is buying more homes and why? The millennials (“generation Y “/ “generation next”) – those born between 1980 and 1995 comprised 31% of recent purchases. This was followed by generation X – those born between 1965 and 1979 at 31%. Percentages of recent home The Jones Company sells homespurchases among earlier generations were notably lower: 16% were “younger boomers,” those born between 1955 and 1964; 14% were “older boomers,” born between 1946 and 1954; and 9% were from the “silent generation,” those born between 1925 and 1945.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the “millennial” generation, which is under the age of 34, is now entering the peak period in which people typically buy a first home.

The median age of millennial home buyers was 29, their median income was $73,600 and they typically bought an 1,800-square foot home costing $180,000. The typical generation X buyer was 40 years old, had a median income of $98,200 and purchased a 2,130-square foot home costing $250,000.

Location and Duration: Although most purchases by all generations were in a suburban area, millennials were more likely to buy in an urban or central city area, at 19%, compared with only 12% of older boomers.

Younger buyers stayed closer to their previous residence, moving a median distance of 10 miles, whereas older buyers moved longer distances, with older boomers at 20 miles and the silent generation a median distance of 30 miles from their previous home.

When it comes to a home’s environmentally friendly features, younger buyers placed higher importance on commuting costs than older generations, who placed higher importance on energy efficiency, landscaping and community features.

The older the sellers, the longer they were in their home. The millennials plan to stay in their home for 10 years, while the baby boomer generation as a whole plans to stay for a median of 20 years.

All home buyers, regardless of age, typically began the home buying process by looking online for properties for sales and then contacting a real estate agent. Younger buyers relied on real estate agents to help them understand the buying process, while older buyers most appreciated real estate agents pointing out unnoticed features or faults with the property.

The entire 2014 NAR Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study can be found here.



February 18th, 2014

YES! We do basements – both finished and unfinished!

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Basements now available in Barnes Bend and Sugar Valley



1. 9′ height for MORE HEADROOM

2. POURED Concrete Walls ensure stability and strength (Other builders use block walls)

3. BETTER “FINISH OUT” than other builders:


Our unfinished basements are already permitted space – ready to be finished.

Jones basement walls are already framed, doors and windows are installed, and bathrooms are roughed in.

With Jones, electric service is upsized if necessary to allow for finished basement.


Contact Jeremy Malone at 615-831-0478

February 7th, 2014

The Jones Company Hires Jen Lucy as New Director of Sales

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Jones Company, a Nashville-based home builder, has added Jen Lucy to its team as Director of Sales. In her new role, Lucy will oversee day-to-day operations ofJen Lucy, Director of Sales at The Jones Company of TN the sales department, as well as train sales managers and associates.
Prior to joining The Jones Company, Lucy was a sales manager for Beazer Homes. She has also spent time throughout her career as a Sales Consultant at Fox Ridge Homes, Centex Homes and Pulte Homes, the HOA director for Pulte Homes, and a Mortgage Consultant for Evergreen Mortgage. She has expertise in new home sales, sales training, sales operations, marketing, and performance management.
Lucy earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Tennessee Technological University, and she earned her broker’s license last year.


About The Jones Company

The Jones Company, a Nashville home builder was founded by John E. Jones of St. Louis in 1927. The three-generation family owned and operated company offers a variety of home collections in all price ranges to meet diverse lifestyle needs. Known in the homebuilding industry as “the value leader,” the company’s in-house architectural department strives to find new ways to provide the best value to buyers. It is for this reason that many customers purchase two, three and even four Jones homes throughout their lifetime. In demonstrating this mission, every Jones home is backed by a one-year warranty on workmanship and materials and a 10-year guarantee on major structural components. The company is proud to have a history of community involvement, including a decade of projects with Habitat for Humanity.


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January 31st, 2014

Jones Co. will build neighborhoods in College Grove and Fairview

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The Jones Co. this week announced plans for two Williamson County neighborhoods: Falls Grove in College Grove and Heartland Reserve in Fairview.

Falls Grove will be developed by Natelli Communities, a Maryland-based company that has developed communities for more than 25 years, Falls Grove from The Jones Company of TNprimarily in the mid-Atlantic region. Falls Grove will be Natelli Communities’ first project in the Nashville market. Falls Grove homes will feature The Jones Co.’s manor collection homes, range from 2,600 to 4,200 square feet and be priced from the $390,000s. The neighborhood will be across the street from The Grove golf course and will offer a multimillion dollar amenity center set to include a pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, walking trails and playgrounds.

Construction is under way for the Falls Grove model home and a few market homes. Floor plans, photos and options can be found at


Heartland Reserve from The Jones Company of TNHeartland Reserve will feature The Jones Co.’s premiere collection homes. The homes ranging from about 2,600 to 3,000 square feet and be priced from the $250s. Heartland Reserve is about 20 minutes from downtown Nashville and is close to three golf courses as well as the 800-acre Bowie Park with bike trails.

Floor plans, photos and options can be found online at




January 30th, 2014

See which floor plans our customers love most.

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It’s the start of a new year, and that means that it’s time for lots of top 10 lists of the previous year. At The Jones Company, we The Jones Company of TNcouldn’t resist the opportunity to create our own Top 10 list of our most popular floor plans. After all, more than 170 families came home to a Jones Company neighborhood in 2013. Here are our top 10 plans based on sales:


Madison II (4 bedroom, 3,306 sf)

Franklin (5 bedroom, 3,043 sf)

Reston (3 bedroom, 2,959 sf)

Russell/Russell II (3 bedroom, 2,671 sf)

Southport II (3 bedroom, 2,340 sf)

Drayton (4 bedroom, 2,902 sf)

Monticello (4 bedroom, 3,249 sf)

Durand (3 bedroom, 2047 sf)

Manchester II (4 bedroom, 2,411 sf)

Winslow (3 bedroom, 2,512 sf)


Which one is right for you? At Jones Company we offer lots of floor plans and neighborhood locations for you to choose from. Click here to view our community map. 

Email or call 615-405-6425 for more details!

January 8th, 2014

Nashville home sales finish 2013 strong

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from the Nashville Business Journal:


Home sales in the Nashville area were up 13.7 percent in December compared to a year ago, putting an exclamation point on the best year for local home sales since 2007.

According to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 2,441 homes were sold in December, up from 2,147 in 2012. It marked the area’s best-performing December since 2006.

“Each county included in our data experienced an increase in residential closings and median price, and more than half saw similar increases in condominiums,” Hagan Stone, GNAR president, said in a news release. “For the first time since 2007, closings for the year exceeded 30,000 units. This tops pre-recession numbers and sets up a great beginning for 2014.”

Nashville Business Journal
The Nashville area ended the fourth quarter with 7,197 closings, up 8 percent from a year prior. For the year, the Nashville area had 30,917 home closings, up 18.5 percent from 2012.

There were 2,032 sales pending at the end of December, up from 1,857 a year ago. The average home sold in December had been on the market for 73 days.

The median price of a single-family home sold in December was $198,838, up from $187,900 a year ago. The median price of a condo sold last month was $156,122, up from $149,178.

The total inventory of homes, condos and lots in the Nashville area stood at 13,580 at the end of December, down from 15,054 a year ago.

“Trends going into the new year are positive and very encouraging to Realtors in the Greater Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. Our region is showing healthy signs of stability, something we shouldn’t take for granted,” Stone said.

“Though prices are rising, homebuyers should not be discouraged, it is still a great time to buy a home,” Stone said. “It’s also a great time to sell a home. The Greater Nashville area has about a five-month supply of inventory. Single-family homes and condominiums have about a four-month supply. Ideally, we’d like to have six-to-eight months available.

“As inventory remains low, those well-maintained and properly marketed homes are leaving the market quickly and at prices beneficial to buyers and sellers.”

December 31st, 2013

No matter the title, Brentwood’s best in 2013 are….

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Two people immediately came to mind as the year began coming to a close and I knew it was time to select my fifth annual BrentWord Person of the Year, or as I have been known to call past recipients, my Brentwoodian of the Year. Either way, today’s the day. And I have two people I want to give shout outs to.

The first honoree isn’t in the U.S. Army or Marines but I would 1.) NOT want to meet her on the battlefieldBrentwood Home Page if I was with the opposing force, and I would 2.) definitely want her watching my back if we served in the same unit.

Kim Wilson’s cover photo on Facebook features a quote from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”

She is that, and more.

As stepmom to SPC Andrew Wilson, Wilson almost singlehandedly was responsible for the hero’s welcome the 2007 Brentwood Academy grad and young Army specialist received in December 2011 when he returned to Brentwood losing both of his legs to an IED in Afghanistan.

Thousands of people came out that dreary day to wave flags and signs along the route from the old Murray Ohio building to the Wilsons’ Bonbrook home off Sunset Road.

But that wasn’t the end of Wilson’s work. Far from it.

In June, the avid tennis fan and player organized the Serve to Build 2013 Ladies Tennis Tournament at Crockett Park in just three weeks. The tourney ended up attracting 75 participants and amazing community support. Kim wrote the non-profit Homes for our Troops organization a check for $17,300.

“Not too bad for a group of Brentwood moms rallying together to raise money and play tennis,” she told me.

The tournament raised funds to help cover the cost of building two specially-adapted homes this year – one for Andrew in Nolensville and another for Ben Maenza just over the Brentwood city limits in Davidson County.

Ben is the young Marine from Brentwood who lost his legs in October 2010 while also serving in Afghanistan.

Both of the Homes for our Troops-built houses were dedicated in November over Veterans Day Weekend (Click here to read story). Attending both was Perry Pratt of The Jones Company, which built both of the three-bedroom brick homes from Homes for our Troops’ blueprints.

Speaking to the large crowd gathered at one of the dedications – I don’t remember which one since I attended both and both were equally amazing events — Pratt shared details of his conversation earlier in the year with Kim and Andrew’s father Cliff. They had asked him if The Jones Company – who had built two homes the Wilson had lived in — would consider building one for Andrew through the Homes for our Troops program.

Pratt was already familiar with Andrew’s story. His sister Becky Gregory had led the effort to tie yellow ribbons around trees along the motorcade route for Andrew’s homecoming in 2011 and Ben’s the December prior.

Pratt told the crowd that after he said he thought his company could help, Kim asked him, “Now, what about Ben?”

Ben’s dad, Mike Maenza, had actually told Cliff Wilson about Homes for our Troops right after the two met at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md. Mike encouraged Cliff to act quickly because of the long approval process.

When Kim learned about the program, there was no stopping her. Circumventing the non-profit’s typical protocol, Kim got to work lining everything up, from finding the lots to the builder to raising funds.

In a conversation with Pratt on Monday, he told me that every time any obstacle was encountered, “Kim said ‘I’ll take care of it’ and she did.” From the initial groundbreakings to the homes’ dedications, “she was involved all the way.”

“They did not know how to handle me,” she told me, thinking she was giving me information for a column on Andrew and Ben. But she persevered and in the end, everything worked out just fine for all parties involved.

Ben’s mom Jama Maenza describes Kim as “a great little cheerleader” in the best way possible. “She has lots of contacts and gets things done.”

Kim said the Maenzas “have been a pillar of support since literally days after Andrew was hurt.”

A few weeks ago I asked my 2011 BrentWord Person of the Year, retired Police Chief Ricky Watson what he thought of my choice for 2013. I had selected the chief for his role in rehabbing the Maenzas’ home so that Ben could come home that first Christmas after the October 2010 explosion that took his legs in addition to all of his work on behalf of the those who serve our military, active duty and veterans alike.

“Well, she would certainly get my vote,” he told me, mentioning the tennis tournament and other actions Kim has undertaken in behalf of the wounded warriors. “I hope she gets it.”

Kim remains active with the Wounded Warrior Project, Homes for our Troops and the Warrior Hockey Team Andrew plays on. She says she will continue to volunteer and raise money for them “every chance I get! I can never repay them for what they have done and continue to do for this family and so many more.”

For all of her tenacity and dedication, Kim Wilson is my BrentWord Person of the Year.


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Susan Leathers is co-owner and editor of Brentwood Home Page. Click here to read previous columns. Email her at

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