August 14th, 2014

Second-quarter data shows boom continues for new homes in Nashville

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from the Nashville Business Journal

New home construction starts and sales in Nashville both increased 9 percent in the second quarter, according to Metrostudy.Nashville Housing Market

There were 1,402 new home sales in Nashville during the second quarter, up 9 percent from 1,287 closings on new homes in the same period of 2013, according to Eugene James, Metrostudy’s regional director. On an annual basis (for the twelve months ended June 2014), there were 6,138 new homes sold in the Nashville market, a 23 percent increase compared to the prior twelve months.

Meanwhile, builders began construction of 1,592 new homes in Nashville in the second quarter, also a 9 percent year-over-year quarterly increase, James said. That’s a 21 percent increase on annual basis.

Metrostudy found there is a 1.7 months supply of finished homes on the market, which James said is below Nashville’s norm of 2 to 2.5 months.

“There’s an undersupply of houses that are immediately available,” James said. “The demand of houses is outpacing the supply. Builders are trying to build as many houses as they can to meet demand.”

James pointed to job growth in Nashville as the primary driver in new home activity.

“Nashville’s total employment is near an all-time high,” James said. “Employment is robust and unemployment compared to other markets is relatively low.”

“The Nashville market is doing well,” James added. “That goes back to the job market, especially compared to other markets the size of Nashville.”

Overall, homes sales rose slightly in July, according to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. Single-family homes sold for an average of $221,000 in July, up from $204,000 a year ago.



August 6th, 2014

Low closing costs give Tennessee home buyers edge

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from Nashville Biz Blog

The housing market remains attractive as mortgage rates have stayed low, but closing costs and fees have been taking larger bites out of potential Low closing costs give Tennessee home buyers edgebuyers’ pockets. But not in Tennessee, where closing costs are among the lowest in the nation.

According to Bankrate, mortgage closing costs now average $2,539 on a $200,000 loan, a 6 percent increase over the past year. Origination fees increased even more with a 9 percent increase over the same period last year.

“New mortgage regulations are the biggest reasons why closing costs went up over the past year,” said Holden Lewis senior mortgage analyst at “The good news is that some lenders have not increased fees. To get the best deal, consumers should compare good faith estimates from at least three different lenders.”

Bankrate estimates that home buyers in Tennessee will pay about $2,366 in closing costs, the second lowest in the nation, trailing only Nevada. Home buyers in Nevada pay just $2,265 on average.

At a total estimated cost of $3,046, Texas’ average closing costs are the highest in the nation.

To compile its estimates, Bankrate requested good faith estimates for a $200,000 mortgage loan from up to 10 lenders in each state. The hypothetical loan was for a purchase of a single-family house in the state’s largest city, using a 20 percent down payment, with excellent credit, the study says.



July 31st, 2014

Last chance to Live Jones at Belshire!

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July 15th, 2014

Middle Tennessee real estate market is hot!

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Real Estate is Hot!Thermometers are used to measure all sorts of things. Organizations use them as a visual gage for fundraising. Most commonly they are used to determine a specific level of heat in the body, a room or the environment. Recently we have definitely seen it heat up … both in the temperature outside and in the region’s real estate market.

Last week, the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors released home sales data for the month of June, as well as county data through the midyear. For June home sales rose again, up just over nine percent. As a whole, our region is up a little more than three percent from June 2013.

Median prices are also rising for single family residential homes and condominiums. Both are up close to $20,000 over last year. This is great news for current and future homeowners, as steady gains continue to affirm the value of home ownership. …

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June 25th, 2014


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 Granite countertops, staggered cabinets and family centered layout now standard in all homes

NASHVILLE, Tenn.The Jones Company prides itself in creating quality family homes by continually listening to buyers and developing new offerings to meet their buyers’ needs. Today, The Jones Company announced many popular home features will now be automatically included for the first time as a way to continue to provide buyers with the latest trends and updated features.

“A family’s home is more than four walls and a roof. It is where kids spend their childhood, holidays are celebrated and traditions are created,” said Ken Stricker, The Jones Company CEO. “We keep this in mind as we continually improve our homes’ standards and strive to offer our buyers the features that make a house a home.”

New standard features include granite countertops, garage door openers and staggered cabinets with crown molding. Layouts are also moving towards family centered floor plans that feature mudrooms with cubbies and lockers to help the family on-the-go stay organized.The Newcastle in Falls Grove - College Grove

By listening to buyers and responding to their desires, The Jones Company has built a reputation for customer satisfaction. For many years, The Jones Company has consistently maintained Homeowner Satisfaction Ratings that hover around 95-100%.

The Jones Company’s homes feature a variety of sizes, floor plans and customizable options, designed with the goal of catering to each homebuyer’s specific lifestyle needs. The communities feature attractive and functional features, such as underground utilities, sidewalks, playgrounds, pools, landscaping and nature trails. Jones home interiors are designed to maximize space, offering spacious, open floor plans, with efficient kitchens and baths, large family rooms, oversized bedrooms, bonus rooms, and walk in closets.

The Jones Company is the only homebuilder is the area to adopt LiveSmart, which is an investment to conserve resources, reduce waste, promote energy and water efficiency, and improve indoor environment quality. This ultimately saves their homeowners money on energy bills and increases quality of life for years to come.

Information on The Jones Company’s new homes in Nashville, including floor plans, photos and options is available at

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.


June 20th, 2014

Welcome to the boomtown!

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Nashville one of nation’s top ‘industrial boomtowns,’ Forbes says

Manufacturers looking to expand in the U.S. have their eyes on the South, with the Nashville area deemed one of the nation’s top “industrial boomtowns” by Forbes magazine.   According to Forbes, Nashville ranks No. 2 out of 10 large cities that are on the rise when it comes to manufacturing jobs.   In 2013, according to Forbes, the Nashville area had an employment Nashville TNbase of 72,300, representing one-year growth of 4 percent. Since 2008, the area’s manufacturing jobs base has grown by 6.7 percent.

Much of the region’s manufacturing strength is tied to the automotive sector, thanks to the presence of General Motors and Nissan. Thursday, for instance, Hatch Stamping Co., an auto-parts maker, announced a $17 million investment in Robertson County that will create more than 100 jobs.   While large and traditionally manufacturing-rich metros like Los Angeles and Chicago have dipped 18 percent and 11 percent respectively in manufacturing jobs, industry is booming in Southern cities.

Houston took home the No.1 spot with 255,000 manufacturing jobs, a 5 percent expansion over the past five years. The Louisville area came in at No. 4 and Birmingham came in at No. 6.


Forbes’ complete Top 10 is available here.



June 13th, 2014

Sugar Cookie Necktie for Dad

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Father's Day Cookie Tie

What you’ll need for the sugar cookie necktie

Sugar cookie dough
Necktie template
Tie-shaped gift box
Royal icing and coloring
Pastry bags, squeeze bottles and decorating tips
1 1/4- x 8-inch strip of card stock


Prepare sugar cookie dough

2-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup room-temperature unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 room-temperature large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well with wire whisk. With an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until light and fluffy. Beat in flour mixture until smooth.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator one hour or overnight
Roll to one-quarter inch thickness, using flour as needed to prevent sticking.

Prepare your necktie template

Father's Day Necktie

Cut out your sugar cookie
Place your rolled-out cookie dough on your cookie sheet. Place a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat under your dough.
Using a thin knife, trim around your template, cutting out your tie.

Remove the excess cookie around your shape.

Bake your cookie:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Before you bake your sugar cookies, use a long spatula to space them evenly on your cookie sheet. This will help them bake evenly and not spread into each other.

Baking times will vary from oven to oven.
These were baked for 9-1/2 minutes, but I began checking them at 8 minutes.

You want the edges to be just turning brown.

Father's Day Necktie Cookie
*This is a BIG cookie. If it is too soft, it won’t hold up to the royal icing.





Ice your Cookie:

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June 10th, 2014

Now selling in Canterbury – Thompson’s Station!

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Canterbury Community from The Jones Company


The Jones Company is now selling in the prestigious community of Canterbury!  


Canterbury Community from The Jones Company


Situated amidst the rolling hills of beautiful Williamson County, Canterbury combines distinctive Old World European architecture and modern, contemporary living to Middle Tennessee and sets a new standard in quality and amenities. Canterbury is located in Thompson’s Station between Hwy. 840, Hwy 31 and Critz Lane in a lush setting that is close to schools, shopping, work and all the best that middle Tennessee has to offer.


Call Tony James at 615-916-0066 or email for more information!

Tour our decorated model today!

June 5th, 2014

Creative Crafts for Kids AND Parents

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Make a fun Hula Hoop Rug!hula hoop rug

Before you begin, some terms you need to know: the warp is the material you string on the hoop, the weft is the material you weave with.

What you’ll need:

About a dozen T-shirts
33-inch hula hoop

For the warp, cut 1-inch-wide loops from the bodies of one or two tees (we found a boy’s large worked best on our 33-inch hoop), removing the hem and stopping at the sleeves. Ideally these loops should all be the same color; we used two colors for clarity in our photographs. You’ll need a total of 11 loops. For the weft, cut at least 50 loops from the remaining shirts. Stretch one warp loop over the hula hula hoop rug

Add and secure a second loop, perpendicular to the first.

Repeat, filling in the spaces, until all 11 loops are in place.

Push together two warp loops at the top of the hula hoop. This creates an odd number of warp spokes in your wheel, which allows the overunder pattern of the weft to alternate with each new row.

Secure the first weft loop to the center of one of the warp spokes (we chose the doubled spoke from step 5) by wrapping it around the warp and then looping it back through itself.

Begin weaving the weft over and under the warp spokes, forming a tight spiral. For now, treat both parts of each warp spokefun hula hoop rug as a single unit, weaving over or under the two together. As you work, push the weft material toward the center of the hoop and keep it just snug. If you pull the weft tight, the rug will develop lumps or bends. When you reach the end of the piece of weft, add a new loop by threading it through the end of the first and back through itself.

When your rug is about 8 inches across, begin treating each warp spoke as two individual strips instead of a single unit, weaving over or under each strand instead of going over or under the doubled spoke. This increases the number of warp spokes, improving the structure of the project. When you get to the two warp spokes that you pushed together at the top of the loom, separate them. Treat one of the spokes as two individual strips, but continue to treat the other as a single spoke. This maintains the odd number of warp spokes.

When the rug is the size you want, but no closer than 8 inches from the edge of the hula hoop, snip open your weft loop.

Tie the ends around a warp spoke, and tuck the ends into the hula hoop rug

Cut the warp spokes off the hoop one at a time.

Tie the ends in pairs, then trim them to make a fringe or tuck them back into the rug.


Visit for complete instructions and photos!



May 27th, 2014

Top 14 Small Cities In Tennessee

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7. Franklin

City Data says that the population of this city is 66,280, which is a little larger than the other cities on this list. However, the main focus for this list is Downtown Franklin which does have a much smaller population. Located in Williamson County, the Visit Williamson website offers visitors some great ideas for exploring the town and enjoying the sights.

There is something for everyone in Franklin. You can choose to stay in a rustic lodge, a charming bed and breakfast, a gorgeous inn or a nice hotel. The choice is yours. Franklin is the perfect blendFranklin Tennessee in Williamson County of history that has been very carefully preserved and modern attractions that are sure to delight.
There are quite a few restaurants in Franklin so you can enjoy some good ole down home southern cooking or some great, smoky barbecue.

There are so many things to do in Franklin. You can visit a plantation home like The Carter House, Lotz House and The Carnton Plantation. The Carnton Plantation became the largest field hospital for Confederates after the Battle of Franklin. There is also a museum there as well.

Abram Maury, Jr. founded Franklin in October 1799. He named the town after Benjamin Franklin. During the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin was fought in November 1864. Nearly 10,000 were wounded, killed, captured or missing.
Fourty-four buildings were turned into field hospitals in response to the large number of wounded. Two of the homes, the Carnton home and the Carter home are still standing today.

Leiper’s Fork is another must see when you are in Franklin. It is a historic village, friendly and charming. You can shop some of the unique shops or visit an art gallery. Stop and get a bit to eat at a real southern diner. Franklin, Tennessee is a place to bring the family, kick back and relax.
It is large enough that you can find plenty to do if you desire yet small enough to be low key and quiet. Explore some historical sites, go shopping, have a great southern meal, or do it all.



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