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City Profile: Franklin, Tennessee

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 13, 2017 | Comments Off on City Profile: Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin is a city where the history, music, and culture run deep. From traditional roots to cowboy boots, Franklin, Tennessee has it all.

Franklin is filled with charming culture and long-standing tradition. Named after founding father Benjamin Franklin, the city has increased its population more than fivefold since 1980. Now ranked as the 7th largest city in the state of Tennessee, Franklin continues to enjoy exceptional growth and prosperity.

Successful growth allows the city to support an array of thriving industries and businesses. Several health care companies, Provident Music Group, and Nissan’s North American headquarters call Franklin home.

The unemployment rate is currently at 3.5%, and future job growth is projected at 41.04%, creating a prime economy for residence.

Education is important in Franklin, as families are served by the Williamson County School District, and Franklin Special School District. Franklin also boasts a number of private schools, as well as top-rated colleges and universities, including Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Williamson College.

Holding true to its roots, Franklin offers several traditional festivals and annual events.

Franklin has been included in many pop culture references. Nashville filmed many of their concert scenes in the Franklin Theater, and Bruno Mars and The Beatles shot notable music videos in the Historic District of Franklin.

There is plenty to see and do. Spend the day sipping local wine at Arrington Vineyards, or sample premium spirits at H Clark Distillery and Leiper’s Fork Distillery. Enjoy an afternoon shopping at CoolSprings Galleria or visit Lotz House, which is known as “ground zero” for the Battle of Franklin.

Looking to make your move to Franklin, Tennessee? Discover Regent Homes at Berry Farms and Westhaven. Both are traditional neighborhood developments that offer a modern, urban lifestyle, in a quiet suburban setting. Homeowners enjoy residential shopping, dining, and offices in a walkable, family-friendly community. Select from town center homes and townhomes at Berry Farms, and town center homes at Westhaven.

Whether it is for work or play, maybe a little in between, visit Franklin, Tennessee. Experience firsthand southern tradition and excellence in one of Tennessee’s favorite towns.

 

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 30, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter weather can be rather frightful at times, as it has the ability to affect our moods and level of happiness and lead to seasonal depression. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, affects approximately 10 million people in the United States.

Today we are sharing five scientifically-backed tips to beat the winter blues and live a happy, healthier life this winter season.

 •  Brighten Your Environment
A brighter environment can make a world of a difference on a gloomy winter’s day. Remove the screens out of your windows if you aren’t planning on opening them and see the instant change the extra light can make. Sit close to the windows to experience additional sunlight in your home. Lighting candles will add an inviting element, and removing area rugs will allow natural light to shine off hardwood floors.

•  Stick to the Schedule
The winter blues often leave us feeling the need to stay at home. Sticking with your routine schedule will leave you feeling happier and healthier, and can help combat seasonal affective disorder.

•  Spend Time Socializing
A study (link to: http://www.ucd.ie/news/2012/06JUN12/130612-Socialising-helps-to-alleviate-symptoms-of-depression.html) conducted by University College Dublin tested whether or not socialization helps alleviate symptoms of depression. At the end of the study, all participants reported feeling better about themselves, having more confidence, and experiencing fewer symptoms of depression. Partaking in social activities outside of your home environment will leave you feeling more engaged in your community, as well as reduce the feeling of being isolated. Grab a cup of coffee with a friend, or join a book club at your local library.

Volunteering is also a great tool when trying to beat the winter blues. Are you wanting to get involved in your community but don’t know where to start? Check out Volunteer Match (link to: http://www.volunteermatch.org/) where you can enter your interests and be matched with a number of great opportunities in your community.

•  Listen to Motivating Music
A 2013 study (link to: http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/0514-trying-to-be-happier-works-when-listening-to-upbeat-music-according-to-mu-research/) found that participants who listened to cheery music improved their mood in the short term, and boosted their overall happiness in the long term.

•  Keep Moving
According to a recently updated study (link to: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110), regular exercise changes the brain by improving memory and thinking skills. Regular aerobic exercise can positively impact individuals, especially during the dreary winter months.

A half hour of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week is the standard recommendation. Try staying active during the winter months, and experience the incredible health benefits for yourself!

Don’t let the cold, gloomy days of winter get you down. Take the opportunity to try these five helpful tips, and see the positive changes they can make in your own life today.

Sources
Seasonal Affective Disorder Statistic
https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder

Resolved to Stay Fit This Year? Create a Home Gym

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Resolved to Stay Fit This Year? Create a Home Gym

The clock struck midnight, the ball dropped, and with loud cheers, we welcomed the New Year. With the arrival of 2017, we welcome New Year’s resolutions.

Resolving to stay fit this year? We have just the solution for you – three simple steps to create a home gym!

•  Your Home Is a Gym
The first step in creating an ideal home gym is establishing a designated room or area for your workouts and equipment. Many individuals choose to utilize a flex space or bonus room as a home gym. Several of Regent’s new construction homes incorporate bonus rooms and flex rooms that allow you to workout room from home.

A second great feature of utilizing a flex space or bonus room is the location, as the room is not the focal point of the home, leaving a blank canvas for you to work with. You may choose to give your space a gym feel with a mounted television and sound system or opt to take a more simplistic approach with a basic organization and flow of the space.

•  Set Personal Goals and Develop a Workout Routine
To develop a workout routine that is beneficial, you must first set goals – this is a New Year’s resolution after all.

Examples of Goals to Set
• To get in shape
•  To drop 2 dress sizes
•  To build muscle
•  To work out 4 times a week

Goals are essential, as they will help you develop and establish a home workout routine. Not sure where to start? Many websites have free, at-home workout guides that are a great place for inspiration.

•  Choosing Equipment and Organization
When selecting equipment, begin by establishing what tools you already have in your home, and what equipment you will need for your workouts. You may not realize that you already have some beneficial tools that will compliment your at home routine. After combining in-home items and a few purchases, you will have the perfect at-home gym.

Stairs
Many homes include a staircase that serves a variety of functions. You can use stairs for lunges, incline and decline pushups, and calf raises. Home models such as our Belmont, Rutledge, and Mt. View at Sherwood Green Estates and the Eulas Glen community have the beneficial feature of a staircase that leads up to the bonus room – the perfect setup!

Swiss Ball
A Swiss ball will add a twist to abdominal exercises. In addition to a great workout tool, Swiss balls are great for kids to play with around the house. These helpful workout tools can be stored in the closet, or against the wall to keep your room looking organized at all times.

Pull-up Bar
Pull-up bars are an easy addition to your workout room. Simply choose a wall mount or door frame brace, and begin to develop your upper back muscles.

Dumbbells
Dumbbells come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can range from a simple interchangeable set to a complete weight set on a tiered rack. Choose a set based on you, and your families’ needs, as this is one of the most highly customizable options for your space.

Cardio
Cardio is a key factor in a well-balanced workout regiment. Utilize your home’s features to get your cardio in. Your backyard or community serves as the perfect place for shuttle runs, and you can take your jump rope outside to get your heart rate up.

Aerobic Exercises
Your at home gym is the perfect space to add in aerobic machine equipment. Depending on your personal preferences, invest in a stationary bike, treadmill, or elliptical machine. Be sure to choose a quality machine in this category, as it can make the difference in long-term performance and joint health.

Organizing Your Space
If using a flex, study, or bonus room, establishing an organizational system that works best for you is key. Workouts that require lots of small weights and items store well in plastic storage shelves found at your local home store. If utilizing a spare bedroom where the room is out of sight, some homeowners choose to install shelving and mirrors, to give the room a true gym feeling. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for finding a design that flows well with your lifestyle and floorplan.

You may choose to add mats throughout, as well. In addition, cabinets work great to store various equipment, towels, and odds and ends to keep your space free from obstacles and clutter.

Whether your goal is to lose 10 pounds or to become a marathon runner, the right tools and organization can take your workout to the next level. We believe your home should be designed to match your lifestyle. Take the opportunity the New Year presents to create your home gym – a new year means a new you!

Festive Treats & Holiday Eats

Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized | Posted: December 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Festive Treats & Holiday Eats

It is the most wonderful time of the year – holiday parties are in full swing, and the time has come to enjoy festive treats and holiday eats.

This week, we are sharing fun and festive recipes for all of your holiday parties. You are sure to be the talk of the town with these yummy treats!

BREAKFAST IN BED
Everyone knows that a good morning begins with a great breakfast. Whether you are cooking breakfast for the family on Christmas morning, or having a girl’s day with friends, creating a unique holiday-inspired breakfast is sure to please all!

Pecan Pie Overnight Oats
This healthy and light breakfast dish allows you to prepare everything ahead of time, leaving extra time for opening all of the present’s Santa left by the tree Christmas morning!

  • Ingredients:
    1 cup pecans, chopped
    2 tablespoons maple syrup
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Pinch of nutmeg
  • For the Overnight Oats:
    2 cups old fashioned oats
    2 cups milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Directions:
    •  In a medium skillet, combine pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg until toasted and well combined, about 3-4 minutes; set aside.
    •  Combine oats, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 5 hours or overnight.
    •  Serve oats, topped with pecan mixture.

Recipe via: Damn Delicious (Link to: http://damndelicious.net/2016/12/01/pecan-pie-overnight-oats/)

TANTALIZING APPETIZERS
Wanting to take your holiday appetizer to the next level? Create a tantalizing treat that is just as delicious as it is visually appealing. A centerpiece worthy appetizer is sure to be a party pleaser!

Baked Goat Cheese & Roasted Cranberry
Baking goat cheese will revolutionize your holiday appetizers. This is the perfect party dish for 10 or 100 of your closest friends!

  • Ingredients:
    1/3 cup unsalted almonds
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup honey
    2 cups fresh cranberries
    1 tablespoon thyme
    10 ounces goat cheese
  • Directions:
    •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and pour the almonds into a small bowl. Set aside.
    •  In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and honey. Add the cranberries and thyme to the bowl and stir until they are covered by the liquid. Set aside for 5 minutes.
    •  On a cutting board, chop up the almonds. Set aside 1/2 tablespoon chopped almonds and roll the goat cheese in the remaining almonds. Use your hands to mix the almonds into the goat cheese and form the goat cheese into a disc. Place the goat cheese in the center of a pie plate.
    •  Pour the cranberry mixture around the cheese. Sprinkle the set aside almonds on top of the goat cheese.
    •  Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot with crackers or bread.

Recipe via: Honey & Birch (Link to: http://www.honeyandbirch.com/baked-goat-cheese-roasted-cranberry-appetizer/)

HOLIDAY ENTREE EATS
Choosing your holiday menu is key in hosting a great party. While everyone loves holiday staples, why not choose a unique holiday entrée that guests will love.

Blueberry & Brie Turkey Wellington
This show-stopping, seasonal entrée combines a number of fresh ingredients that melt together perfectly. This dish is the ultimate cold-weather holiday entrée treat!

  • Ingredients:
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 small shallot, sliced thinly
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
    1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 boneless, skinless turkey breast
    4-ounce wedge Brie cheese, rind removed
    1/4 cup diced and cooked bacon
    1/4 cup pickled beets, diced
    3/4 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
    1 sheet frozen puff pastry
    1 egg beaten
  • Directions:
    •  In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil.  Add shallot and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
    •  Stir in thyme, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.  Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
    •  Place the turkey breast inside a large zip lock bag.  Pound until it’s nice and flat (about 3/4 – 1 inch thick).
    •  Sprinkle turkey with remaining salt and pepper.
    •  Place strips of cheese lengthwise down the center of the turkey.  Add the shallot and thyme mixture, blueberries and bacon.
    •  Roll up the turkey to enclose the filling as well as you can.  Heat oven to 400°F.
    •  On parchment lined baking sheet, roll puff pastry to a 15 x 10-inch rectangle.
    •  Place the stuffed turkey breast in the center of the puff pastry.  With a sharp knife, cut horizontal slits (about 1 inch apart) on the edge of each side of the pastry dough.
    •  Fold each piece over the turkey breast and continue until the turkey breast is completely covered.  Tuck the edges of the both sides in and pinch them well. Brush the puff pastry with the beaten egg.
    •  Place in the oven and cook for 70 minutes or until your meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.
    • Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Recipe via: (Link to: http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-recipe/blueberry-brie-turkey-wellingtons/)

DELECTABLE DESSERTS
The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, with the accompaniment of delicious treats, of course! Whether you are baking with the children or hosting a holiday cookie exchange, desserts are always welcome at any holiday gathering.

Snowball Cookies
After preparing holiday dishes, a simple dessert is perfect for days you want to do a little holiday baking without spending the entire day in the kitchen. These simple four ingredient cookies are simple and delicious.

  • Ingredients:
    1 box white cake mix
    1/3 cup oil
    3 egg whites
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • Directions:
    •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    •  Mix all ingredients, except powdered sugar, on medium until well combined. Chill for thirty minutes. If the dough feels sticky, add 1/4 cup flour or powdered sugar.
    •  Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Roll dough in powdered sugar (optional) and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, or until the tops start to crack. (Don’t let them get brown – it will ruin the “snowball” effect.
    •  Let cool on the cookie for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Dust with sifted powdered sugar.

Recipe via: (Link to: http://www.yellowblissroad.com/nut-free-snowball-cookies-made-cake-mix/)

DELICIOUS DRINKS
Set spirits high with a holiday drink for friends and family alike!

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma
This recipe uses a few additional ingredients to create an extra special holiday treat for the 21+ crowd. This recipe can also be easily modified to create a kid-friendly creation, too!

  • Ingredients:
    Minted Ginger Syrup
    1/2 cup honey
    1-inch fresh ginger, sliced
    8 fresh mint leaves
  • Paloma
    kosher salt, for rim
    1/4 cup grapefruit juice (about half a grapefruit)
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2-4 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)
    2 ounces silver tequila (or to your liking)
    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    Ginger beer, for topping (or sparkling water)
    Pomegranate arils and candied mint, for garnish (optional)
  • Directions:
    Ginger Syrup
    •  Combine 1/2 cup water, the honey, ginger, and mint in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil, simmer 1 minute and remove from the heat.
    •  Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes.
    •  Strain and let the syrup cool. Store in the fridge.
  • Drink
    •  Rim your glass with a lime and dip in salt.
    •  Fill the glass halfway with ice.
    •  Add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, 2-4 tablespoons ginger syrup (to taste), tequila, and pomegranate juice and gently stir.
    •  Top with ginger beer.

Recipe via: (Link to: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/pomegranate-ginger-paloma/)

We hope that you enjoy trying something new this holiday season and that your holiday is merry and bright!

Spooky Treats & Haunting Eats

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Spooky Treats & Haunting Eats

The mood is set – cool crisp air sends chills down your spine. Festive pumpkins greet visitors. Once inside, you will find scary spider webs, ghouling ghosts, and wicked witches.

What can this mean? Halloween is here! Kids and adults alike always anticipate this fun time of trick-or-treating and costume parties. Whether you want to create a few sweet treats for the neighbors, or are hosting the entire neighborhood, we have plenty of spooky treats and haunting eats that are sure to delight children and adults alike!

images-2Creative Caramel Apples
Caramel apples are sure sign of the arrival of Fall. While everyone loves the classic caramel apple, try adding a twist this year.

Triple Dipped S’mores

Ingredients
6 Granny Smith apples
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 bag large marshmallows
10 oz. milk chocolate chips
2 cups crushed graham crackers

Instructions
•    Remove stems and skewer apples
•    In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows, and stir until melted.
•    Dip apples, one at a time, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
•    In a double boiler over low heat, melt chocolate chips, stirring continuously. Dip an apple into the chocolate, stopping two-thirds of the way up. Immediately dip the lower third of the apple into a bowl of crushed graham crackers, rotating to coat evenly.
•    Transfer apple to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

Recipe via http://www.countryliving.com

images-4Spooky Drinks
You don’t have to be a goblin or ghoul to concoct your own witch’s brew! This simple recipe is sure to leave guests flabbergasted at your potion-making abilities.

Ingredients
1 quart lime sherbet
1 2-liter lemon lime soda

Other Items Needed
Dry ice
1 large cauldron
1 smaller plastic bowl that will fit inside the large cauldron.
1 large spoon

Instructions
•    Place the smaller bowl inside the large cauldron. Drop spoonfuls of sherbet into the smaller bowl until all of the sherbet has been transferred out of the original container. Pour the lemon-lime soda over the sherbet and stir.
•    Using tongs and gloves, carefully place chunks of dry ice in the large cauldron on the outside of the smaller bowl.
•    Add warm or hot water to the dry ice in the cauldron to increase the fog effect for a spooky Halloween punch. As the water cools, add more hot water to maintain the fog effect. As a rule of thumb, one pound of dry ice will create 2-3 minutes of fog effect. The hotter the water, the more fog, but the quicker dissipation of the dry ice.
•    Stir the Witches Brew right before servicing, as the sherbet will rise to the top.

CAUTION: DO NOT let the dry ice come in contact with the punch! If the dry ice comes into contact with the punch, tiny chips may flake off and burn the throats of those drinking the punch.

Recipe via https://www.continentalcarbonic.com

Yummy Mummies
What’s better than a fun, sweet eat to serve during Halloween? If you’re looking for a friendly treat to serve, try baking up some Yummy Mummies!

We have the perfect recipe for you – this festive baked treat is sure to be the talk of the town!

Ingredients
½ tbsp. vegetable oil
2 frozen pie crusts
1 – 3 tbsp. flour
5 firm textured apples (Fuji, Braeburn, Suncrisp, or Cameo are best for this recipe)
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
1 egg, scrambled

Instructions
•    Preheat oven to 375F. Place a baking or cooling rack on a rimmed sheet pan. Brush rack with vegetable oil.
•    Core and slice apples into 6 pieces per apple. In a medium bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon. Toss apple slices in sugar mixture to coat.
•    Thaw pie shells at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Remove dough from pie pan. On a flour surface with a floured rolling pin, roll pie dough into a flat circle measuring approximately 12” in diameter. Cut dough in thin strips using a pizza cutter or knife.
•    Wrap dough strips around apple slices. Brush apple “mummies” with egg and place on rack.
•    Place pan with rack in oven. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well browned. Cool and serve.

Baker’s Note: If you want to add eyes to the mummies, melt some
chocolate and dot it on the mummies with a toothpick.

Recipe via http:///www.eckerts.com

images-5Ghouling Ghosts
Ghosts don’t have to be so scary anymore! Why not create some friendly ghosts out of chocolate and strawberries!?

Ingredients
1 (16 oz.) package Vanilla Candiquick coating
24 fresh strawberries
Mini chocolate chips

Instructions
•    Melt Candiquik in tray according to directions on package.
•    Place a large piece of wax or parchment paper on a flat surface.
•    Dip strawberries in melted Candiquik Coating, remove and allow the excess coating to pour off onto the wax paper to form the “tail” of the ghost; slide the strawberry back and set on wax paper to dry.
•    Before coating has set, place two mini chocolate chips on as the eyes. For the mouth, cut off the tip of a mini chocolate chip and place on the strawberry with the bottom side facing up.
Recipe via http://blog.candiquik.com/

images-6Daring Donuts
Vampire donuts are one of the easiest scary treats for you to create this Halloween!

Purchase one dozen glazed donuts, one dozen plastic vampire teeth, and 24 candy eyes. Place one set of vampire teeth in the hole of the donut, and pull teeth open. Place two candy eyes on the donuts (use a little frosting if needed), and serve. Easy as 1-2-3!

Sweet Treats
The end of October brings about all of the fall festivities – including the long awaited Halloween parties! Consider offering guests a sweet treat to take home.

Guests will love an up-cycled tin can decorated with your favorite Halloween designs – mummies, bats, ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, Frankenstein – let your imagination run wild!

Find yourself running low on time? Try using a colored solo cup, stick on googly eyes, and add designs with a sharpie or paint marker! Fill with your favorite Halloween treats. These serve as a great party favor and decoration for guests to enjoy.

Happy Halloween from your neighbors at Regent Homes!

 

Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather

streetscapeLet’s face it – autumn is here. There are Halloween decorations and candy in almost every store and the fall fashion is already out on display. With the magical change of the season comes the change in the weather. Temps start to drop and everything slowly starts to freeze over. Just as we prepare our cars and even ourselves for the colder weather, you also should be preparing your home. We have a great list of tips for you to make sure your home is running efficiently and effectively this winter.
1.) Start winterizing your home before winter comes. The best time to start preparing your home is now. If your home isn’t winterized, the cost of your heating bill can take a big bite out of your paycheck.
•    Add more insulation to your attic. Heat rises and making sure that you limit the amount of heat your home loses will help keep your home warm and your heating bill down from not having to work overtime.
images-2•    Caulk cracks around your windows and doors to eliminate drafts. Also you can add weather stripping to your doors and windows.
•    If you have a wood-burning fireplace, be sure to have your chimney professionally serviced. In case any critters have made nests or there is debris clogging your chimney.
2.) Clean out your rain gutters throughout the fall. This is probably one of the most annoying tasks, but it will pay off in the long run. Having clogged gutters could lead to an ice dam on your roof, which not only damages your gutter, but also can damage your roof and leave your home vulnerable to leaks.images-1
3.) Wrap pipes in unheated locations (i.e. crawl spaces, garage, etc.). Use foam insulation, pipe wrap, or heat tape to wrap your exposed pipes. This will protect the pipes from freezing and bursting – which can cost a pretty penny to repair.
4.) Install storm windows if you have them. Having a storm or double-paned window will help insulate your home and have an additional barrier between you and the outside cold.
5.) Disconnect and drain any garden hoses. imagesThis will prevent them from bursting or leaking during the winter. Also, shut off your sprinkler system if you have one, so it doesn’t get clogged with frozen water.
6.) If your ceiling fans have a reverse switch (where the blades will spin in the opposite direction) use it, so your fan blades are blowing downwards. As we all know, heat rises and by having the fan push down the hot air at the ceiling towards the rest of the room will help disperse the warmer air evenly throughout the room and keep your heating bill down.

There are so many ways you can help your home nestle in for the winter and be prepared for all the cold, snow, and ice. We hope these tips help and if you have any creative tips of your own – please share with us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RegentHomes and use the hashtag #preparedregenthomes!

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions From Buyers

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions From Buyers

We know when it comes to building your very own home there can be a lot of questions that need to be answered. Trust us – we get it! The process of buying a home in which you build from scratch versus buying a home already built is quite different. We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions we get into this post for your convenience.

bigstock-couple-meeting-real-estate-age-44464981Q.) What is earnest money and how much will it cost?

A.) Earnest money is the amount of money required to start the home-buying process. The earnest money secures your new home on the home site you have chosen. The earnest money will go toward your down payment upon move-in. The amount of earnest money varies, and our Sales Representative at the community you selected can provide this information to you.

Q.) How is the final sales price on my new home determined?

A.) In addition to the base price of the home, you will meet with a Sale Representative during the home-buying process who will discuss any enhancement you may want in your new home. Once these decisions have been finalized, you will be presented with the exact sales price of your new home.

bigstock-mortgage-application-form-with-45761932Q.) Do I need to be pre-approved for a mortgage loan before I write a Purchase Agreement?                                                         

A.) Most home buyers will apply for a mortgage loan after signing the Purchase Agreement on their new home. The Purchase Agreement is contingent upon financing approval. Some home buyers elect to obtain pre-approval for a loan before writing a Purchase Agreement to confirm the maximum amount they can borrow.

Q.) How long does the Construction Process usually take?

A.) The construction process takes about 150+ days depending on weather and land development.

Q.) How much money will I need for closing costs?

A.) Your loan officer will call you with this information about a week before closing. There are a lot of factors that determine the exact dollar amount of your closing costs and prepaid expenses. However, our Sales Representative will be able to give you an idea what you can expect, using an estimated closing date.

bigstock-surveyor-or-builder-and-homeow-37984504Q.) What is a walk through and when will it be scheduled?

A.) A walk through is the orientation of your new home. Any questions on your new home will be addressed. The walk through is scheduled a week prior to the closing of your home.

Q.) Can I get my appliances and flooring elsewhere?

A.) Unfortunately, no. Due to inspections for Certificate of Occupancy on the home and liability restrictions, we are unable to let a third party non-approved vendors do any work or installations within the home prior to closing on the home. You can, however, change out any flooring and/or appliances you would like upon closing on your new home.

Q.) What does my HOA fee cover?

A.) Depending on the type of home and community that you are building in, the answer to this may vary. For instance, the HOA (Home Owners Association) fee will be more for a Townhome or Condominium than a Single Family Home, but it will also cover more. For more information on a community HOA specifics, please consult our Sales Representative.

If you have a question that isn’t listed above, please contact one of our sales agents associated with one of our communities. Click here to go to our website to view our communities.

 

 

What Is Popular In Floor Plans?

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 16, 2016 | Comments Off on What Is Popular In Floor Plans?

0028With home building trends changing every year, there are some trends that have been sticking around and becoming staples in today’s homes. The biggest trend that has stayed on the top charts of popularity is first-level master suites, and this is becoming a norm in almost every newly-built home. Many new home buyers are choosing to have a separate entrance from their master suites that opens to the back deck or yard.

 

0021Open floor plans are a close second in home building trends. Having “great rooms” and large living spaces are allowing more home owners to host parties where everyone can mingle and interact without being in “separate rooms”. Kitchens flow into living rooms that then flow off into an outdoor entertaining space.

Backyards are not just for grass and swing sets anymore. Outdoor kitchens, BBQ areas, fire pits/fireplaces, exterior sound systems, covered patios with television screens, vegetable gardens, and more make the backyard an extension of your home! It is incredible the unique ways people are making their backyards personal to them and their lifestyle.

0049fusedThere are tons of new trends popping up in floor plans. Visit today! We would be more than happy to help you map out the best floor plan that fits your family and lifestyle. For a complete listing of all our communities, visit www.regenthomestn.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Top Day-Cations In Middle Tennessee

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: September 1, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Top Day-Cations In Middle Tennessee

With the holiday weekend approaching, we thought we would share some popular “Day-Cations” here in Middle Tennessee. Check out these top 5 places to visit within 100 miles of Nashville.

Historic Downtown Franklin
Just a mere 30-minute drive from Nashville, Franklin-Theare-2-500x300Downtown Franklin is the perfect stop for your holiday weekend. The Downtown Franklin District is filled with antique shops, cute little boutiques, and delicious dining!  There are also several historical stops such as Carnton Plantation. Put on your walking shoes and explore this visit back in time. For a listing of shops, dining, and events click here.

Leiper’s ForkCopper Fox in Leiper's Fork
Take a scenic drive from Franklin out to Leiper’s Fork to see the meaning of “small town charm.” While you are there, be sure to enjoy some down-home cooking at the original location of Puckett’s! Click here for more information.

images-2Jack Daniel’s Distillery
The Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee is just 70 miles from Nashville. Take an afternoon to tour the distillery, learn more about Jack Daniel and process for making some of the best whiskey in the world. To learm more click here.

Fall Creek Falls
Tennessee is known for its beautiful and lush state parks. From Fall Creek Falls in Spencer, Tennessee to Montgomery Bell State Parkimages-5 in Dickson, these parks will offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy nature and the heavenly views from a Tennessee State Park. For more information and to plan your stay visit Fall Creek Falls website.

Music City
Keep it local and visit those places on your bucket list right in Downtown Nashville like the Country Music images-8Hall of Fame, Broadway Honky-Tonks, Ascend Amphiteater, Frist Center and Pedestrian Bridge.  For more information click here.

There are so many places to go right here in your backyard. Take an adventure in your own town this Labor Day weekend and enjoy the reason that you made Tennessee HOME.

Nashville’s Summer To-Do List

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Nashville’s Summer To-Do List

Autumn is just over a month away, and school will be back in session before you know it. So, now is the time to check off some awesome summer to-dos before the leaves start to fall and the days become shorter!nashville-paddle-company

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking
If Tennessee has one thing going for it – it’s the rivers and natural watering holes. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to getting your feet wet, but the top favorites are paddle boarding on the Cumberland and kayaking down the Harpeth. The Nashville Paddle Company offers lessons and paddle tours down the Cumberland so you can experience Nashville in a whole new way! Plus, catching some live tunes off of lower Broadway isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. As for the Harpeth River, there are multiple companies offering kayak rentals to explore the backwoods of Middle Tennessee. You get to relax and enjoy the serene surroundings of nature and wildlife. Bring a snack and drift lazily down the Harpeth!

Live on the Green
This is by far one of the best and coolest free concerts of the summer in Nashville! Every Thursday night starting on images-1August 20th through September 10th, there is an incredible musical lineup of bands ranging from local groups to well-known singers. Live on the Green turns into an all-around music festival with multiple stages and tons of food trucks and vendors. You can even treat yourself as a rock star and get VIP tickets that allow you to hang out in shaded lounge areas, access to air-conditioning, and your pick of snacks, food, and spirits! Tell us it doesn’t get any better than that!

Sounds Game
Nothing says summer like hot dogs, beer, and baseball! With the new Sounds stadium still gleaming from its opening day, Nashvillians are packing the stands to support our local team. images-5The food options at the First Tennessee Park stadium are all your local favorites with hot chicken and Pepperfire in the mix! Plus, with the intimate setting, you can check out all your favorite players up close and personal. Go Sounds!

Petal Taverns
If you have friends coming to visit you this summer, be sure to take them on the ride of their life with the Nashville Pedal Tavern – this is a Nashville must! There are several tour options to choose from and is an experience like no other. As you pedal and drink your way through the streets of Nashville, you get to see all the tourist sights and local hot-spots along the way – talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Cheekwood Garden
Before you let the summer slip away, you have to swing by Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Taking a stroll through the wonder that is the gardens at Cheekwood is like nowhere else you have been! With different exhibits rotating through, each time you go is like the first. The gardens are the perfect scene for a calming walk, and the museum is perfect for your inner artist. Check out the extremely unique exhibit going on now called the Human Landscapes. It will only be around for a short time!jaumecheekwood

Whether you go splashing in the rivers, drinking downtown, or strolling through an art museum – just be sure to live up the last bit of summer! We would love to see what adventures you have been on this summer in Nashville – send us your photos at #summerswithregenthomes!