Famous last words “I don’t want a dog”

May 25th, 2010

Now look who rules the roost.

Do you know a Deserving TN Family in need of an Extreme Home Makeover?

May 18th, 2010



Do you know a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover, or a family who simply deserves a home? If so, the producers of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition want to hear from you.

Ty Pennington and his crew have been all across the map and now they want to drive that famous bus to Nashville!

“We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can really root for,” says Supervising Casting Director Adam Drucker.

What does it take to be picked for an Extreme Makeover?

“We’re looking for those special people who have amazing strength of character and never give up Whether it’s keeping their chin up in really tough circumstances or going out of their way to help others. We want to help people whose stories have really affected their community or made a big difference in other people’s lives.” Drucker added: “There are a lot of people who are heroes to those around them because of the way they inspire others and quietly serve their communities on a daily basis.”

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition producers are looking for families whose homes desperately need to be rebuilt. “We really want to help families whose homes present major problems for the family, those big issues that affect the family’s quality of life on a daily basis. We want to find deserving people who just don’t have the resources, ability, or time to fix those serious issues without our help.”

This season Extreme Makeover is also looking for families, who do not own their own homes, so long as land is available through other sources, a nonprofit, city or county Nominations may be submitted by the family or by a member of their community.

Each nomination must include the names and ages of every member of the household along with a description of the major challenges within the home, and a short description of the family story. Anyone submitting a nomination should be sure to explain why the nominated family is deserving, heroic, and/or a great role model for their community. If possible, include recent photos of the family and home. All nominations must include a contact phone number.

Please send nominations to castinglouisiana@gmail.com The initial deadline for nominations is 5/24/10. Don’t delay!

For more information on how to apply please visit our website at http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index?pn=apply

They Don’t Call this the Volunteer State for Nothing

May 12th, 2010

Daniels Drive and Liberty Pike in Franklin

Good News for the Williamson County Real Estate Market -Monthly Sales Report- April 2010

May 12th, 2010

Monthly Sales Report
April 2010

Williamson County Association of REALTORS® Announces April 2010 Sales Statistics

May 12, 2010 (Franklin, TN) – The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® announces the statistics for home sales in Williamson County, TN for the month of April 2010. There were 281 residential and condominium closings reported during this period according to figures provided by RealTracs Solutions, the multiple listing service used by REALTORS® in the Middle Tennessee region.
The number of single-family residential closings increased by almost fifty (50) percent compared to April 2009, while the median sales price experienced a decrease of twenty-seven (27) percent.  The median is a typical market price where half of all homes sold for more and half sold for less.  The average days on the market (DOM) for residential homes decreased by five (5) days compared to the same period last year.

Click on Sales Report- April 2010 to view the pdf version.

                                                             April 2010

                         Closings       Median Price        Average Price         DOM
Residential              264            $296,950              $358,331             94
Condominium            17            $242,681               $226,414            98

April 2009

                         Closings        Median Price        Average Price        DOM
Residential              177            $380,000                $466,520           99
Condominium            15             $160,000                $185,052          51

April 2008

                         Closings        Median Price         Average Price        DOM
Residential               229            $345,000              $418,653              74
Condominium             21             $166,300              $190,443             63

April 2007

                        Closings         Median Price         Average Price        DOM
Residential               308           $391,200               $462,038             65
Condominium             36            $224,995               $227,367             80

April 2006

                        Closings         Median Price         Average Price        DOM
Residential               378           $322,000             $398,088               48
Condominium             50           $140,900             $175,642               38

“April marks the County’s seventh consecutive month with a positive increase in the number of homes sold.  This news seems somewhat bittersweet when you consider all the families and businesses recently impacted by the historic flooding that hit Williamson County and the Middle Tennessee region.  As REALTORS®, we realize the clean-up and rebuilding efforts have only just begun.  Our thoughts remain with the government employees, volunteers, and victims as they struggle through this difficult and stressful recovery period” said Kare
n Baker, 2010 WCAR President.

The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is the professional trade organization serving the real estate industry in Williamson County.  Established in 1962, the Association provides development and support services for real estate professionals. The Association has over 1,450 members and is headquartered in Franklin, TN.

Click on Monthly Sales Report- April 2010 to download the pdf version. 

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Sifting thru the underwear drawer of a woman I’ve never met

May 9th, 2010

By now you’ve all (hopefully) heard about the flooding that occurred here in the Nashville area last weekend. My family and I are fine, thankfully. Many, however, are not.

Today I got a call from a friend from church.  She was with a group doing cleanup in an area of west Nashville called Bellevue.  They were working at the home of a woman whose home was flooded and she wanted to know if I could wash some flood soaked clothes.  Of course I said, anything to help. 

Her son in law dropped the trash bags at my house.  They were full…and heavy…and waterlogged.  They smelled of wet and mildew and mud and a week’s worth of 80+ degree weather. I Googled the words “Flood damaged clothing” and found a slew of information about how to care for these articles.  Then, I set about the task of sorting the bags. As I sifted thru her most personal items, I kept asking myself: Who is this woman and what can I learn about her?

The first bag must have come out of her top dresser drawer.  It was full of socks, pantyhose, and other unmentionables. She appears to be about my size. The second bag was full of sweaters (some with the tag still on them), shirts, gloves, and shorts.  I could tell by the 4 mud crusted lanyards and various T-Shirts that she is a Tennessee Titans fan, just like me. There was one set from the inaugural game back in 2006.  My husband and I were at that same game with our two sons.  One lanyard had a pink ribbon pinned to it and I wondered if she was a breast cancer survivor.

I could not help but pray for her as I sifted thru the things that must be most personal to her. All the trappings of an everyday, ordinary woman. Just…like…me.

My washer is running and the smell of Lysol permeates the downstairs of our home. Flood soaked and mildewed clothing sits neatly sorted into piles on the sidewalk outside of the front door.  My hands smell of latex and rubber from the gloves I must wear so as not to get contaminated water on my skin.

I’m not out there ripping out drywall, subfloors, and such. MANY volunteers are helping with that. Two back surgeries prevent me from participating in those kinds of things. What I CAN do, however, is help bring some semblance of normal back to a woman I’ve never met…starting right there in her underwear drawer. 

To read more about the flood or to donate time and/or money to flood victims, please visit Hands on Nashville.

View from Nashville Riverfront one week later

May 8th, 2010

Riverfront park is still partially under water. First avenue is closed between Braodway and Church. Cleanup crews are everywhere and the sound of pumps fills the air near Broadway. The Spaghetti Warehouse and some other businesses are open and could use our support.

Church on Hillsboro Rd.

May 1st, 2010

Flash flooding in Franklin, TN Oak Meadow Dr near Elks Club

May 1st, 2010

I’ve never seen anything like this in 13 years here. This is normally a field full of deer and turkeys. Wow.

Church on Hillsboro Rd.

May 1st, 2010

Riverbend drive in Franklin – vacant land flooded

May 1st, 2010