Dealing with Winter Weather Damage

While the best way to deal with damage resulting from winter weather conditions is to protect and prepare a home beforehand, that may not be possible. If it is too late to get ready and a home is damaged in some way, homeowners will likely want and need to take steps to remedy the situation. Whether approaching the situation as a resident planning to live there or a homeowner planning to sell a property, it will need to be in good condition.

Home damage and trees

Homeowners’ insurance policies generally cover damage due to common winter hazards such as ice dams, burst pipes and the weight of snow or ice, according to the Insurance Information Institute. While they will need to pay their deductible, this means homeowners may not find themselves struggling as hard with the expense of potentially serious home repairs, so such coverage can be important, especially in areas with harsher winters.

The weight of snow and ice can affect a home directly, but more commonly will put too much pressure on the branch of a nearby tree, causing it to break. High winds can also break trees, so snowstorms, ice and strong windy weather can be cause for caution. If a great deal of snow is on a tree or its branches are noticeably straining, one expert told MSN Real Estate the homeowner can use a broom or rake to remove some of the snow, easing the burden and reducing the chance of breakage.

Any more involved preparations should be done more carefully, he noted, since broken branches are as hazardous to people as homes.

Water and ice

Frozen pipes are a common problem. Another expert indicated that if pipes do freeze, it may be possible to thaw them with a space heater, while one source suggested a hair dryer might work. In either case, the water should be turned on at a trickle and heat then applied to the pipe, focusing on the faucet and the frozen section. If the freezing is relatively minor, this may solve the problem.  More serious difficulties are likely to require a professional plumber, however.

If a home suffers water damage due to ice dams or burst pipes, physical damage from a falling branch or other serious problems, professional assistance is likely to be an unavoidable necessity. Homeowners are likely to find such efforts time-consuming and possibly expensive, so preventive measures to protect a home are strongly advised by many experts.



Rutherford County Real Estate on Facebook

If you would like to stay up to date on the real estate market in Rutherford county and surrounding areas I invite you to visit my Facebook page and “like” to receive updates at

If you are interested in purchasing or selling a home in the near future, I would be glad to help.  Please call me at 615-893-1130 Coldwell Banker Snow & Wall and ask for Kim Reynolds or call direct at 615-556-1511.  I am a full time Realtor and ready to help you sell or buy a home.

Open house results for January 7, 2013

Well the stats are in and there were two sets of buyers that attended my open house at 3135 Donard Court in Murfreesboro, TN yesterday.  Both seemed interested in the property and hopefully they will both turn into buyers for me.  I’m happy to see that people are coming out in the cold and in the month of January to look at houses.

Very positive news and very inspiring.  Can’t wait to do more open houses.  If you know anyone that is interested in selling their home or buying a home please have them call me for results in Rutherford County.  Kim Reynolds 615-556-1511 Direct/615-893-1130.  I appreciate referrals and would be glad to help.


Your Rutherford County Realtor,

Kim Reynolds

Open House Sunday 1-3pm January 6, 2013

Come visit my open house this Sunday from 1-3pm at 3135 Donard Court in Murfreesboro, TN.  This adorable house is like new, updated and in move in condition.  If you would like to make an appointment to see privately, call 615-893-1130 and ask for Kim Reynolds or 615-556-1511 direct.  Can’t wait to see you!


National & Local 2013 Predictions For The Rental Market

Very true, a good rental is hard to find right now. Better to buy than rent and call it your own. Don’t forget to contact me when you are ready to make a more or make an investment and I can help you find a Realtor for any destination. Call Kim Reynolds at 615-893-1130 office or 615-556-1511 direct. Visit my website for more information about the local real estate market in Nashville, TN.


1354465380_horoscope-2013Five years after the housing crash, the national housing market is finally starting to show improvement. Housing prices are on the rise, more people, especially young people, are buying houses, and foreclosures are reducing in number. Not only is the market improving, the market is changing. For example, short-sales – selling a house for less than the mortgage to avoid foreclosure costs – are on the rise, leading to many new rental seekers.

The newly emerging strength of the economy and the resulting trends are good news in various ways for property managers, and could provide a robust 2013 for many landlords.

One of the main trends to expect in 2013 is a continued decline in vacancy rates, which should be good news to landlords everywhere. According to Walter Molony of the National Association of Realtors, “The apartment rental market – multifamily housing – single family residents – are projected to see…

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Some Home Sales, Purchases Now Subject to New 3.8 Percent Federal Tax

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Effective Jan. 1, a new federal levy on certain real estate transactions will cost some homeowners thousands

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Area residents looking to buy or sell a home should note that beginning Jan. 1, 2013, a new 3.8 percent federal tax applies to certain real estate transactions.

Enacted by Congress in 2010 to help fund the Obamacare initiative, the tax is expected to generate $210 billion over the next 10 years and cost some home buyers and sellers thousands of dollars.

Struggling to find money to pay for President Obama’s massive health care legislation, Congress adopted the tax in eleventh-hour negotiations. The tax was quietly slipped into the bill, and not discussed or reviewed until hours before final debate on the health care legislation began.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR), which unsuccessfully lobbied against the tax, calls it a “complicated” provision that will affect individual buyers…

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25 Things to Do In Rutherford County, TN

Things to Do in and
Around Rutherford County

  1. Stop in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, which features a Civil War timeline, electric car charging station, and touch-screen interactive directories for lodging, dining, attractions and events. Pick up maps and brochures to help you plan your visit.
  2. Hike, swim, boat or fish at Percy Priest Lake at Long Hunter State Park.
  3. Walk where Civil War soldiers fought and died, at Stones River National Battlefield, a 650-acre national park and cemetery that commemorates this fierce Civil War battle where 81,000 soldiers fought.
  4. Visit the Sam Davis Home – the boyhood plantation home of a Confederate hero who was hanged at the age of 21.
  5. Stroll Murfreesboro’s historic downtown square-the square surrounds the historic courthouse and features unique shops, restaurants, and a flashback to earlier times. The square was the location for Martina McBride’s award-winning “Independence Day” music video, as well as an Emmy-winning Monday Night Football video, shot by ABC.
  6. Take a scenic drive through the countryside, where you will see the lush, green pastures and walking-horse farms that Middle Tennessee is famous for.
  7. Get a glimpse of pioneer days at Cannonsburgh Village, which features a gristmill, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, log home, church, general store, and working blacksmith’s shop, as well as a large collection of antique farm equipment.
  8. Enjoy lunch at Miller’s Grocery, an antique-filled country café located in Christiana that features Southern home-cooking at its finest! Taste homemade entrees and award-winning desserts and enjoy the atmosphere of this quaint local favorite.
  9. Visit Oaklands Historic House Museum—an antebellum mansion that was caught in the crossfire of the Civil War.
  10. Get a free, guided walking tour of the historic square through the Heritage Center.
  11. Try the famous fried dill pickles and burgers at Toot’s Restaurant-there are three locations in Rutherford County.
  12. Learn about Rutherford County’s African-American heritage at Bradley Academy, and hear about the importance of the United States Colored Troops.
  13. Visit Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and walk around the sprawling, beautiful campus of the state’s fastest-growing and largest undergraduate university.
  14. Stop to see Mary Kate Patterson’s home (now a private residence)-a Confederate spy during the Civil War, and one of the last people to see Coleman Scout Sam Davis before he was captured and killed.
  15. Beat the heat at Smyrna’s Splash Pad—a water playground with fountains, spouts and more.
  16. Catch 18 holes at one of our six public golf courses-all are open year-round!
  17. Stop at Discovery Center, a hands-on museum and environmental center which features hundreds of fun exhibits, 20 acres of outdoor wetlands, daily programs and a two-story slide.
  18. For your “bucket” list-see the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket at Cannonsburgh. After the original bucket (built in 1887) burned down in 2005, the Rutherford County Blacksmith Association reconstructed the six foot tall, 1520-pound behemoth.
  19. Stand in the exact geographic center of the state-located half a mile from the MTSU campus, the spot is marked by an obelisk.
  20. Take your furry friends to the Murfreesboro Bark Park for some canine fun.
  21. Join us for Uncle Dave Macon Days, an award-winning annual festival held the second weekend in July, that celebrates old-time music and dance. Uncle Dave was the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and is considered one of the forefathers of country music. Featuring music, arts and crafts, food and dancing, Uncle Dave Macon Days is fun for the whole family.
  22. See the chilling Confederate Circle, located in Evergreen Cemetery, a mass grave that contains the remains of Confederate soldiers killed in the Battle of Stones River.
  23. Take a hike! Check out the Murfreesboro Greenway for 12 miles of paved, handicap-accessible trails that border the Stones River and Lytle Creek.
  24. Step through time at the Rutherford County Courthouse which dates back to pre-Civil War times when it also served as a watchtower, ballroom and prison. While you’re here, learn the story of the mysterious Human Fly, who scaled to the top of the courthouse in 1923 and plummeted to his death.
  25. Catch a play at the Center for the Arts, just off the downtown square.

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