New Year, New Home? Why Now is the Time to Start the Process

Real estate in Williamson County has boomed in recent years, with many flocking to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, charming small towns and Southern hospitality that fills the area. “I think the biggest draw to Williamson County is the schools, the proximity to Nashville, and the fact that the small towns are very charming,” said Jill Arnold, a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist in Middle Tennessee.

Since 2000, Jill has been helping locals and newcomers alike find their forever homes, and in 2018, she teamed with Duwayne Matz to launch what is now Southern Homes Collective. “I initially moved to Nashville to go to Belmont, and then moved to Franklin to raise my kids,” Jill shares. “When I became a full-time managing broker, I needed additional help with client care. Duwayne and I met at a former brokerage, and decided to form a team.”

More than just a real estate team, the pair also married in March. Now, clients have access to the expertise of two dedicated professionals skilled in every aspect of realty – including buying, selling and even property management. As the market continues to evolve in favor of the buyer, now is an excellent time to consider a move. “The end of the holiday season is a good time to start the process,” Jill adds. “With usually six weeks of upgrades, you’ll be ready for the house to be marketed in the proper time.”

Under the Compass Real Estate umbrella, Southern Homes Collective offers complimentary services to prepare homes for listing, including house cleaning, window cleaning, staging, photography, videography, and more. In addition, Compass offers interest-free loans for sellers to make upgrades and improvements to their homes. What’s more, the duo also donates $250 to their client’s favorite charity at closing.

“With 27 years of experience between us, we can help make the process run smoothly and be stress-free whether selling or buying,” Jill adds. The Southern Homes Collective office is located in Tollgate Village. SouthernHomesCollective.com.

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6 Small Steps that Make a Big Difference

Interested in listing your home in 2023? Here are six things you should do before listing.

1. Have your windows professionally cleaned.

2. Invest in professional painting, using neutral paint colors.

3. Refresh landscaping for a better curb appeal.

4. Make necessary repairs.

5. Remove all clutter and depersonalize the home.

6. Clean the interior of the home from top to bottom, including appliances.

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