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70 Things to Do with Your Kids in Nashville this Summer: 2015 Edition

Categories: Events, Nashville, National Housing Market | Posted: May 13, 2015

Click HERE for a great blog titled 70 Things to Do with Your Kids in Nashville this Summer, written by Lindsay Ferrier on May 5, 2015 in her blog, “Suburban Turmoil:  The Art of Imperfection”.   This is a great way to create beautiful memories with your children!

Study: Nashville’s housing recovery strongest in the nation

Categories: GNAR, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Housing Market, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Nashville Business Journal, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News | Posted: May 13, 2015

(Written by Adam Sichko of the Nashville Business Journal on May 7, 2015.  Click here for the direct link to this article.)

Nashville’s housing market has rebounded stronger than anywhere else in the nation in the aftermath of the recession, according to a new study.

Nashville’s median home price today is 11 percent higher than the peak values before the recession struck — a net growth that’s the best of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. Rounding out the top-5: San Francisco, Honolulu, San Jose and Columbus, Ohio.

That analysis comes from the financial website SmartAsset.com, which crunched federal data and numbers from the National Association of Realtors.

Here’s some of what the website said about Nashville:

Between the third quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2011, home prices in the Nashville metro area fell nearly 12 percent. In the four years since then, prices have surged, increasing by 26 percent since they hit bottom and reaching a level more than 11 percent higher than their pre-crisis peak.

SmartAsset excluded some cities from their study, such as Austin and Pittsburgh, because they did not experience a price decline of at least 10 percent from the pre-recession peak to the low point during the economic crisis.

As if on cue, data released Thursday by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors bears out what the SmartAsset study found.

There were 2,940 closings in April (mostly single-family homes), a 6 percent increase from the same month in 2014, GNAR said.

The median sale was $224,945 — a jump of $20,000, or 10 percent, compared to April 2014.

“Inventory is increasing as predicted, but not at the rate that can keep up with demand,” said Cindy Stanton, president of GNAR and an agent with the firm Parks (formerly Bob Parks Realty).

Buyers flock to new neighborhoods in Franklin

Categories: Community, Franklin, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Housing Market, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Subdivision, The Tennessean, Williamson County | Posted: May 5, 2015

(Goodall homeowners Steve and Cindy Dycus were featured in The Tennessean on Sunday.  Bill Lewis reporting.)

Steve Dycus believes his newly built home in one of Franklin’s fast-growing neighborhoods is perfect now that the problem with deliveries has been solved.

When they bought their house last year, Dycus and his wife, Cindy, were among the first homeowners in the Lockwood Glen subdivision. The neighborhood was so new that it wasn’t on maps or in GPS databases.

“The first year, getting something delivered, it wasn’t uncommon to get a call saying, ‘We can’t find you.’ Getting cable and the phone installed took a little longer,” said Steve Dycus.

That’s a problem other homebuyers might be experiencing as the city’s population booms. Just 15 years ago, Franklin had a population of 41,842. Today, that number is about 70,000, and home builders are scrambling to meet demand from professionals moving to be close to their offices in Cool Springs or Nashville, empty-nesters downsizing from a larger home and, especially, parents who want their children to attend Williamson County’s highly rated schools.

They all discover “the Norman Rockwell, Currier & Ives vision of America that Franklin stands for,” said P.J. Littleton, affiliate broker for Westhaven Realty. The company sells homes in Westhaven, the master-planned community three miles west of historic downtown Franklin.

So far, 1,350 homes have been built in the community, ranging from small condominiums to 10,000-square-foot mansions, he said. When the subdivision is completely built-out, probably in 2027, it will contain about 2,700 homes.

New residents moving to Westhaven are often surprised by the small-town character of the neighborhood, said Littleton.

“The notion that you can ride your bike to school is mind-boggling to some people,” he said.

Demand is also soaring in the neighborhoods on the east side of Interstate 65, where hundreds of new homes are planned.

Potential buyers began lining up immediately when the Jones Company announced its newest development in Williamson County, Enderly Pointe at Ladd Park. The neighborhood will have 150 home sites along the Harpeth River.

“We turned on our landing page and were overwhelmed” as potential buyers visited the website and signed up to receive more information, said Jen Lucy, the company’s director of sales.

Prices in Enderly Pointe will start in the $320,000s, she said. That is below the median price of a home in Franklin, which in March was $446,300, according to the Williamson County Association of Realtors.

Buyers had a similar response at Amelia Park, the 149-home neighborhood being developed by Pulte Homes on the east side of the interstate.

“The demand at Amelia Park is very strong. We hosted more than 50 prospective homebuyers at our VIP preview event” in April, said Chad Ramsey, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. Prices will range from $372,990 to $424,990.

When developer Wes Patterson announced plans for the Tap Root Hills subdivision next door to Amelia Park, 300 potential buyers signed up for more information. The development will have 139 home sites on 62 acres off Clovercroft Road and Market Street. Prices will range from the high $300,00s to the $700,000s.

Keith Porterfield, an executive with Goodall Homes, said the company has made a major commitment to Franklin, where it builds homes in the Ladd Park, Lockwood Glen, Rizer Point and Shadow Green subdivisions. The company built the Dycuses’ new home.

“It’s a place where people want to live. Somewhat of a small-town feel with boutique shops on the Square, but jump on the interstate and go to Nashville or Cool Springs,” said Porterfield.

Steve and Cindy Dycus bought a home in the Fieldstone Farms subdivision more than 20 years ago and later moved to Spring Hill. Their new home in Lockwood Glen is closer to their offices in Franklin and all the activities they enjoy.

“It’s a three- or four-minute drive to downtown Franklin if we want to eat at Puckett’s or go to the Franklin Theatre,” he said. “We’re happy to stay here the rest of our lives.”

Groundbreaking on mortgage-free home for wounded veteran takes place in Hendersonville

Categories: Community, Events, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Subdivision, Sumner County, Team, Uncategorized | Posted: April 28, 2015

11159470_10152808255711500_1156578223350937108_n(Article written by Sherry Mitchell on April 28, 2015.  Published in the Hendersonville Standard.  For more pics from this event, click HERE.  For video coverage by News Channel 2, click HERE.)

A Small Gesture for a Big Sacrifice

Sometimes thank you isn’t enough to express the gratitude of America’s service men and women. One local builder is showing appreciation to a local wounded veteran and his family with a brand new home.

Goodall Homes held a groundbreaking Wednesday in the Millstone subdivision in Hendersonville – the site of a new future home for U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Joseph James, his wife Jarin and their three daughters. The event was held in cooperation with Operation FINALLY HOME – a national nonprofit that helps build homes for disabled veterans.

While serving, James was deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was honored with a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal and four Army Commendation Medals.

It was while on one of those deployments, that James was badly injured and lost both legs.

“Five months into a 15-month tour, his Humvee was struck simultaneously by two improvised explosive devices (IEDs),” Rachael Overall, director of marketing for Goodall Homes. “James suffered physical injuries including a right below-knee amputation, left above-knee amputation, as well as numerous shrapnel wounds to the back as a result of the explosion.

Throughout his recovery, he has endured around 18 different surgeries, Overall said.

“In therapy, James advanced rapidly through his training, learning how to walk, and even run using prosthetics,” she said. “He received his promotion to Sgt. 1st Class in March of 2009 and continued his physical training in the military, participating in numerous 5K races, as well as training for sporting events for disabled athletes.”

The family was told in late August about the new home by Goodall Homes and Operation FINALLY HOME.

“We did the surprise at LP field during a Titans game – they were invited to the game,” Overall said. “They thought Joe was going to get the game ball, but he did not know he was about to get the surprise of a lifetime for he and his family.”

For James, the new home is a dream come true, but it has also been emotional.

“It’s hard to use words to say how I feel – it’s overpowering the amount of love I felt going through this process,” he said. “Total strangers I have never met will come up to me and thank me for my service and tell me I’m a hero. I’m not a hero man; WWII veterans are the heroes – I rather be an advocate for veterans.”

This will be the second home Goodall has built through the Operation Finally Home program.

“We have a strong sense of philanthropy at Goodall and we respect our veterans tremendously,” she said. “They sacrifice their lives to keep us safe and we feel like it’s our job to give back to those veterans when we can, and one of the ways we do that is through Operation Finally Home – it’s such a great cause.”

The custom-built home will be mortgage-free for the family and specialized to make life easier for James.

“The home will have extra wide doorways so he doesn’t have to worry about the wheelchair banging up the doorways and so he can get around easier in the home,” Overall said.

 

Energy Efficiency Tops Wish Lists for New Homes

Categories: Carrelton, Community, Easy Living Home, Energy Efficiency, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Housing Market, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, National Housing Market, Neighborhood, Realtor News, Sumner County, The Tennessean | Posted: April 14, 2015

(This was written by Bill Lewis of the Tennessean.  For direct link, click HERE.  And to see accompanying video, click HERE.)

Along with granite counter tops and hardwood floors, Goodall Homes‘ newest model home showcases a feature that the company believes is at the top of the wish list for many people buying a new house — energy efficiency.

Goodall, one of the Nashville region’s largest home builders, added an Energy Room to its model home in Gallatin’s new Carellton subdivision. The room gives potential home buyers a behind-the-walls look at the energy saving features the company began building into all of its homes last July.

The response has been so positive that the company is adding Energy Rooms to its model homes in the new 614-home Millstone subdivision in Hendersonville and at its existing StoneBridge subdivision in Lebanon.

“It’s not as much fun as going on Pinterest” to look at pictures of paint colors and home decorating, “but the Energy Room gives us a tool to show how things work,” said Goodall Vice President Ryan Clinard.

Other builders have also concluded that energy efficiency is the new granite, something that customers have come to expect.

Compared to the cost of heating and cooling an older house, new homes are much less expensive. Those savings add up over the years, said John Burns, vice president of operations for Regent Homes.

“We’re not charging more for it. We think it’s something that appeals to customers. Everybody’s happy about saving money in a house,” he said.

Return on investment

Low heating and cooling bills were an added bonus for Jon and Caitlin Sell, who moved into their all-electric, 1,700-square-foot Regent home at the end of 2013.

They stay comfortable on the hottest and coldest days of the year without worrying about the expense. Their average monthly bill is around $115. Their highest bill, during last winter’s cold snap, was about $220.

“It’s kind of spoiled us. It was icing on the cake,” said Jon Sell.

Their house in Williamson County’s Woodside neighborhood has the energy saving features that Regent builds into almost every home, which Burns said include upgraded wall and attic insulation, a heating and cooling system with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14, LP TechShield roofing and compact fluorescent and LED lights.

“We’re trying to put in the upgrades that will be of the most value,” said Burns.

Regent calls its homes Energy Smart. Other builders have their own features. Drees Homes, for example, includes improved thermal enclosure systems, energy efficient appliances and lighting and efficient heating and cooling systems in its DreeSmart Conservation Innovations program.

Celebration Homes builds every home to Energy Star standards, which the company says are at least 15 percent more efficient than a home built to comply with existing codes.

Ryan Homes says its BuiltSmart program uses advanced construction techniques, Energy Star appliances, efficient heating and cooling and environmentally friendly paint, carpet and other materials.

Every house built by Beazer Homes is Energy Star certified. Each house also receives a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score, which rates energy consumption. A low score is desirable. Older homes score around 130 and many new homes score around 100. The average Beazer home scores a 65.

A matter of comfort

At Goodall, energy saving features include programmable thermostats, LP TechShield roofing, compact fluorescent lighting and 25 percent more insulation than the industry standard, which Clinard said make a home more comfortable as well as less costly to heat and cool.

“The market was starting to demand it,” he said. “People think quality is the amenities of the house. Quality is also the comfort of living in the house.”

Jon Sell believes his home’s energy saving features would add to its value if he ever decided to sell it. But those features also make it hard to think about moving.

“If we ever wanted to move,” he said, “it would be hard to get into something that’s not as energy efficient.”

Goodall Homes Hosts 5th Annual Realtor Gala

Categories: Awards, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Nashville Business Journal, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor Gala, Realtor News | Posted: March 31, 2015

10430362_10152748265591500_2342209725592063091_nGoodall Homes celebrated its 5th annual Realtor Gala this year at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Each year we recognize the top realtor offices and top realtors in Sumner, Wilson, Williamson and Davidson Counties. We know that all realtors are key to helping us fulfill homebuyers’ dreams of owning a new home. To all the realtors who do business with us – THANK YOU! Special thank you to our sponsors: Wilson Bank & Trust, Jeld-wen Windows & Doors, and Huskey Truss & Building Supply. We were also very excited to have Ben Briley, an American Idol finalist last year, join us as a musical guest!

Congrats to this year’s award winners: TOP REALTORS: Davidson: Kaleesha Shaik (The Realty Association); Sumner: Matt Clausen (Clausen Realty Group); Williamson: Chip Kerr (Crye Leike); Wilson: Jessica Huggett (Vision Realty); Paul Teller (Keller Williams)

TOP OFFICES: DAVIDSON: The Realty Association (Nashville); SUMNER: Keller Williams (Hendersonville); WILLIAMSON: Benchmark Realty (Franklin); WILSON: Keller Williams (Mt Juliet).

For more pictures of this event, please visit our Facebook page HERE.

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Goodall’s Community Lifestyles Director is this month’s “Woman of Wilson”: Jana Pastors

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 26, 2015

(From the Wilson Post.  Written by Sabrina Garrett.  February 25, 2015.  Click here for article):

This week’s Woman of Wilson can be summed up in a quote, which she attributes to Lebanon City Council Member and friend, Rob Cesternino: “It is amazing how you manage to never have a bad hair day in spite of wearing so many hats.”

If you’ve noticed Jana Pastors around town, chances are she is busy working at one of her multiple careers or volunteering for a charitable cause – and yes, always sporting good hair.

Pastors, originally from Nashville, came to Wilson County after high school to attend Cumberland University on an academic and dance scholarship. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2006 and her Masters of Organizational Leadership & Human Relations in 2008.

It was during college that she met her husband, Adam, who transferred to Cumberland from Lipscomb University. Pastors said they were both involved in Greek Life – she was Vice President for AOII and he was Treasurer for Kappa Sigma.

“I was looking for an individual to engage in routine fitness. I noticed how dedicated he was to fitness and meeting goals so I asked him to help train me. Through time we became best friends,” she explained. “At some point, he decided he preferred a more intimate relationship with me. So the chase began.”

The couple married on Nov. 23, 2008, in a small family ceremony at Vanderbilt Scarritt Bennett Chapel. Although they do not currently have children, they have a “very energetic and playful dog named Mason,” which they adopted at New Leash on Life. They also have a Maine-Coon cat named Abbey.

Pastors is the community lifestyle director with 2014 National Home Builder of the Year, Goodall Homes.

“While Goodall Homes is in the development stage, my focus is to create a lifestyle that enriches the homeowners’ experience within the community and to develop a relationship between the community and the city it resides in,” she explained. “Each Goodall home community has a vision to develop a type of lifestyle that caters to the owners. I am there to start the process and implement the reality of the experience. I am blessed to work with a team that is dedicated to their trade and the well-being of their homeowners.”

Pastors also has a photography business, Kindred Moments Photography & Design.

“I retired from my dance career and needed a creative outlet. Initially, I started taking photos of simple still life photography, and with the encouragement of my friends and family, my new-found passion evolved into a profession,” she said.

Her favorite photography is fashion because “it has various creative aspects of art that come together as one” – however, she also photographs weddings, portraits, landscape and more.

Pastors donates her free time to being a member of the Photography Committee for the Wilson County Fair, attending local government meetings and being a Wilson Bank & Trust council member.

She added that visual arts are still a passion of hers, and drawing and sketching are favorite hobbies.

“My mother always told me not to put all your eggs in one basket. My life is never boring and it takes a lot of good time management. I love my job every day because each day tells a different story,” she said.

The woman she most admires is her mother.

“I grew up with my mother teaching me ways to be creative and to think outside of the box,” Pastors said. “Her passion was oil painting and visual arts while holding a respectful career in the medical field. She was the most incredible woman I have ever known.

“I remember the day after I graduated high school, she threw clothes on my bed and said, ‘You are now in the working field. Get up and get dressed.’ After that point, I knew the training began. I worked side-by-side with my mother at Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance while attending Cumberland University,” she said. “So many people looked up to her and respected her for her selfless, kind-heartedness. Above all, she was a realist – preparing me for what challenges I might cross both personally and professionally.”

Her mother passed away unexpectedly in 2008 – when Pastors was just 24-years-old.

“During her last days with us she assured me that every choice I make in life God will help lead the way. She remains my daily inspiration, and I only strive to make her proud.”

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

Goodall Homes–Job Positions Available

Categories: Career, Employee News, Gallatin, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Job Opportunity | Posted: February 3, 2015

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Goodall Homes Team. Our current Team voted Goodall Homes among the Top Workplaces in Middle Tennessee & The Nashville Business Journal ranked Goodall Homes one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies.  We were also recently given the honor of Homebuilder of the Year by Professional Business Magazine.

We are currently seeking several energetic, organized, motivated individuals to fill positions as continue to grow.

Please click HERE to view our current job openings.

  • Draftsman
  • Courier/Permit Administrator
  • Staff Accountant
  • Customer Care Coordinator
  • Customer Care Field Representative

 

 

Goodall Homes to Host Preview Event for Millstone

Categories: Events, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Community, New Homes Nashville Area, Subdivision, Sumner County | Posted: January 8, 2015

Goodall Homes will be hosting a preview event, to be held on two separate days, for it’s newest super-community, Millstone, located off of Saundersville Road in Hendersonville.

Join us Tuesday, February 3rd, or Thursday, February 5th, from 6:30-7:30 for an information session on this new neighborhood.  Dinner will be served.

RSVP to goodallonline@goodallhomes.com, or to (615) 448-8929, as space will be limited.  Please include your name, number of guests, and which date you wish to attend in your RSVP.

For more info on Millstone, click here.

Thanks!

Millstone Save the Date

 

Foxland Harbor Tour Giveaway

Categories: Community, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes and Communities, Goodall News, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Sumner County | Posted: December 9, 2014
Foxland Harbor Villa Tour

Foxland Harbor Villa Tour