Finding the Right home


Finding the Right Home

[Murfreesboro, TN] — With all the choices in today’s market, how do you go about finding the right home? It seems the more research you do, the more alternatives you discover.

It’s important to visualize your needs and plan ahead. “Know what you want in a home, what’s important to you, and what you can live without,” Kim Reynolds, Realtor of Keller Williams Murfreesboro says. “Many of us start out with a champagne taste and a beer pocketbook, so it’s important to be realistic,” she adds.

Where and what you buy will affect you for as long as you live in the house. “Get your priorities in order before you start looking or even talk to a real estate broker or sales associate,” Reynolds says.

For first-time home buyers this is a new experience, so it’s especially important to do your homework. If you currently own a home, you know exactly what’s lacking. You may need another bedroom or bathroom, or a good school nearby.

First, decide where you want to live. A big part of the answer hinges on where and how you earn a living. If your job requires a lot of reading or is quite stressful, public transportation may offer valuable time to sit quietly. “Regardless, you should practice the commute in rush hour before you make a commitment. A seemingly quiet road can transform into gridlock during peak hours,” Reynolds cautions.

People with children have other major considerations: school and safety. If you plan to send your children to private schools, you can live where you want assuming you can easily arrange transportation. On the other hand, a lavish public school system may indicate high local real estate taxes. Check them out.

Obviously, lifestyle is an important consideration. People who frequently dine out, go dancing and attend the theater probably belong in the city or a close-in suburb. “In other words, make sure you’re in close proximity to the things that matter most,” Reynolds says.

It used to be that homes came in a limited variety, but today, you have many choices. In addition to the traditional single-family home, you can buy a townhouse, condominium or apartment condominium or co-op.

In planned unit developments (PUDs), you can find almost any combination. In condos and other such communities, make sure the rules and regulations, as well as the by-laws, match your lifestyle. This type of housing is great for people who want to own their own space without being responsible for mowing the lawn or repairing the roof; a management company handles that.

On the other hand, you’ll pay fees for these services. “In addition to checking the documents and financial soundness of the homeowner’s association, you must determine if the monthly fees are worth the services and additional amenities such as a swimming pool or exercise room,” Reynolds explains.

Affordability can be a factor not only in the type of housing, but whether it’s new or an existing home. Old houses often have fine woodwork or interesting nooks and crannies not normally found in new homes. They generally sit on landscaped lots with mature trees and grown bushes.

New homes may cost more, but you can make many more decisions on amenities, colors, carpeting and fixtures. “Make sure you’re dealing with a reputable builder, and have an attorney review all documents, Reynolds says.

Selecting a real estate professional is an important first step in beginning your search. “Ask for personal recommendations to find an individual who is knowledgeable about the neighborhood and has access to the local Multiple Listing Service,” Reynolds says. Make sure you feel confident about his or her knowledge and skills, and understand the business relationship that you have established between you.

Reynolds is one of more than 40,000 members of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC) of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, who have attained the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation. As the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real estate buyer, REBAC is “The Voice for Buyer Representation,” with more than 40,000 active real estate professional members of the organization throughout the world.

To get started on finding the right home call Kim Reynolds, Realtor today at 615-556-1511 direct or 615-895-8000 office.



Before hiring a real estate agent, be sure to ask are you a full-time or part-time agent?

It is very important to know when considering hiring a real estate professional if they are full-time or part-time agent. Think about it for a moment, do you want a part time dentist, lawyer, mechanic or even a hairstylist? The answer should be no! You want a full time professional that is fully focused on their area of expertise. When you have decided to either buy a home or sell a home you will have questions and need guidance. You will need someone that is having day to day experiences in the industry, someone who is well educated and up to date on solutions should an issue arise. You NEED a full-time agent!

I am a full-time real estate agent, working in the Nashville, TN area. I have been buying and selling homes in the Nashville area for close to five years now. I am fully invested in my career as a REALTOR, and welcome your business. In the past two years I’ve helped clients buy and sell 40 homes, that’s an average of 20 homes per year. I would be honored to represent you in the sale or purchase of a home in our community. I work the Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Mount Juliet, Hermitage, Lebanon, Smyrna, Lavergne, Christiana, Murfreesboro, Rockvale, Shelbyville, Readyville and Woodbury areas. Please call me at 615-556-1511 if I can help you with your real estate needs today.

Friday Funny….October 24, 2014

My five-year-old son was badgering us to get him an iPad.  “My friend brought his to school, and I want one too,” he insisted.  “Absolutely not,” said my husband.  “They’re expensive and fragile.  Besides, what would you even do with an iPad?”

Our son replied, “I’d put it over my eye and play pirates with my friends.”

-Julie R

Working with a Buyer’s Agent- Services Guarantee Part 2 of 5


Financing Pre-Approval-We will offer to arrange a pre-qualification or pre-approval appointment with a reputable lender to identify your range of affordability and to increase your negotiating strength.

Estimate of Closing Costs and Funds Required- We will provide you with a preliminary estimate of closing costs and down-payment requirement anticipated in the transaction.

Good-Faith Estimate From Lender-You will benefit from our experience in working with financial institutions to receive an estimate from a lender.

Again, I will help walk you through this entire process that is my job.  I represent buyer’s that are purchasing a home for the first time, and those that are investors and have purchased many homes. I would like to speak with you about your goal of home ownership.  Please call Kim Reynolds, Coldwell Banker Snow & Wall at 615-556-1511 cell or 615-893-1130 office to get started.  You can also reach me via email at

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying or selling a home, I will be glad to help.  I’m on your side.  Kim

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!


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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