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Since the start of the millennium, few real estate trends have gained and retained as much popularity as the open floor plan. Though they range from expansive great rooms paired with traditional bedroom configurations to fully open, sun-drenched loft apartments, it’s a fact that no other type of configuration has been in such high demand.

If you’re preparing to look for your first home, or upgrade the home you have, you are no doubt mulling over the pros and cons of open concept living—and you’re correct that such designs aren’t for everyone.

Let’s take a closer look at some important factors to consider before you make such a huge decision.

The Pros

1.) Freedom to Socialize

Open floor plans are perfect for entertaining and spending

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If you plan on buying a new house, you should thoroughly research the property that meets your needs. But you shouldn’t only be diligent about the house-hunting part during your research. You would also like to know more about the neighborhood you’re about to relocate to.

If you’re confused about what you should look for in a community, here are ten things to consider in looking for your ideal neighborhood.

1.) Neighborhood Safety

Safety and security should be your top priorities when moving to a new location. Do your homework to research specific crimes in the area. You can also visit the local police department and ask questions about which part of the neighborhood has a higher crime rate.

2.) Parks & Recreation

If you have kids,

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There are plenty of reasons why you should boost your credit score. But if you’re preparing to purchase a house, know that an exceptional credit score can increase your chances of getting a lower interest rate on your home loan. 

If you want to raise your credit score, there are several quick, simple things that you can do. While it might take some months to see an improvement in your credit score, you can start boosting your credit in just a few hours.

What is a Credit Score?

A credit score is a number from 300 to 850 that predicts your likelihood of repaying your debt. The higher the score, the better a borrower looks to potential lenders.

Your credit score is calculated based on various factors: payment history, debt burden, length of

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Watching a movie in your back yard with your family and friends is a fun, memorable way to make the most of your outdoor space. We’re fortunate to live in Middle Tennessee, where the beautiful weather makes it ideal for cuddling up beneath the stars throughout many months of the year.

Whether you plan to keep it simple with just the essentials or go all-in making the ultimate home theater setup, we’ll walk you through your options and make recommendations to help you achieve success. 

Essentials

While there are projectors that play sound, their onboard speakers offer poor projection and lack any richness of tone. Instead, we recommend that you purchase speakers along with your projector and screen. You can use your existing digital media

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Eco-friendly flooring is a more popular flooring choice now than at any time previously—particularly within this century. Homeowners like you are increasingly motivated to ensure that their renovations and upgrades are as green as possible, with building materials and appliances remaining the most common starting points. Today, we’re sharing our top ten eco-friendly flooring options, so be sure to read through to the end before you spring for your upcoming flooring remodel.

What makes flooring material eco-friendly?

The main factors that determine how green a flooring material is are:

  • Whether or not it is made from recycled, renewable, or sustainably sourced materials
  • The nature of the chemicals required for production, maintenance,
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The holidays are around the corner, and we’ve heard from members of our homeowner community who are searching for ways to give back. Today, our recommendations for ten top volunteer opportunities in Middle TN spotlight organizations that serve those in need year-round yet organize special efforts around Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Whether you plan to donate your time, goods, services, or contribute financially, we appreciate each of you. Your generosity and desire to help are emblematic of the beautiful community spirit here in Middle TN. 

If you’re not a resident but will be visiting this holiday season and wish to incorporate philanthropy into your vacation, contact any of the following organizations ahead of your visit. After you’ve gone

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Power outages are an unpredictable (thankfully rare) challenge that most of us have experienced at least once. The degree of inconvenience you will experience during a power outage is determined by how prepared you are when it occurs. For this reason, we strongly recommend that every homeowner learn about how to prepare for a power outage, and then stay prepared at all times.

The type of preparations you’ll want to undertake to prepare for a power loss in the peak of summer will be different from one that arrives on the winds of a winter storm. Our suggestions will include helpful tips for each season.

Stock an Emergency Preparedness Kit

An emergency preparedness kit is an essential safety step for all homeowners. While the items your

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As a renter, you weren’t responsible for performing routine home maintenance, let alone dealing with repairs and emergencies. As a homeowner, however, it’s essential that you are financially prepared to handle each of these unavoidable events. While facing repairs and emergency expenses will still be stressful, being prepared for them will ensure that your financial position isn’t threatened by the unexpected.

As you read through our recommendations, keep in mind that they are developed with the average expenses faced by a homeowner in the US. If you have purchased a new home, your repair fund will not need to be as large. If you’ve purchased a home that is over 30 years old, plan for roof, plumbing, window, HVAC, and electrical issues that are

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Nashville and the surrounding area boast an art scene that grows continually. Our artists are diverse, innovative, and committed to creating works for the community to enjoy and interact with. Throughout the year, Middle Tennessee’s art galleries are open, with new works and exhibits shown often.

Additionally, our region hosts various festivals and art crawls, all of which are vibrant celebrations of the talented artists who make their homes here. In fact, with so much art to choose from, you may have trouble deciding which art crawls and exhibits in Middle TN are best! If so, today’s Top Ten list is for you.

100 Taylor Arts Market
100 Taylor St | Nashville

1oo Taylor Arts Market is located in the Germantown neighborhood within a massive

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In the US, 60% of people say they play video games at least once per day, and 70% of gamers are over the age of 18. The average gamer is now 34 years old, meaning that millennial homeowners are statistically very likely to be invested in gaming on at least one of the popular platforms. Today’s blog post is all about creating the ultimate gaming room here in Middle TN!

Spring for High-Speed Internet

While 5 Mbps may be sufficient when you’re streaming HD content online, it’s the bare minimum for online gaming. We recommend that avid online gamers (especially those who share their internet connection with other family members who game or stream content at the same time) invest in the best internet speeds available.

Pro Tip: Make sure the

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