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(Written by Tena Lee for The Tennessean on September 18, 2015. Click here for full article. If you would like to see video from local news stations, click HERE for News Channel 4 coverage and HERE for News Channel 5 coverage.)
And while retired U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Joseph James thanked those who made the gift possible – mainly the non-profit group Operation Finally Home and Goodall Homes – he also acknowledged others who have served their country.
James, who lost parts of both of his legs when the Humvee he was riding in was struck by two improvised explosive devices in April 2008, dedicated his new home to the memory of Maj. Mark Rosenberg.
“This is for you, Maj. Rosenberg,” James said. Rosenberg died from injuries sustained in the same explosion that wounded James.
Veterans are dying at home as well, he noted, calling the suicide rate among veterans “unacceptable.”
“Even though the fight is over on the battlefield, it will never be over mentally [for many veterans],” he said. “Call a veteran today and let them know you care about them. They are our nation’s heroes and they should not be lost in this way.”
James made his remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by city officials as well as employees and officials with Operation Finally Home, Goodall Homes, sponsor J.C. Penney and Southern Living, who filmed the ceremony and “home reveal” as part of Building Hope, a new video series that documents the journeys of five veterans who receive new, mortgage-free homes.
Operation Finally Home and Goodall Homes surprised the James family with the home announcement during a Titans game at Nissan Stadium (formerly LP Field) in August 2014, and broke ground on the home in Hendersonville’s Millstone community in April 2015.
Rusty Carroll, executive director of Operation Finally Home, said the organization has dedicated 92 homes to veterans in the last 10 years. It is the second Operation Finally Home project in Hendersonville.
Established in 2005, the Texas-based nonprofit provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to military veterans and widows by partnering with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors and volunteers.
“This never gets old,” said Carroll, adding he has spent the last year-and-a-half getting to know James, his wife Jarin and their three daughters. “You are an inspiration to so many in ways you don’t even imagine.”
Hendersonville Mayoral Assistant Don Long welcomed the James family to Hendersonville on behalf of Mayor Scott Foster.
“This community is about faith and family,” said Long. Noting his involvement in the Hendersonville Rotary Club, Long added James is a prime example of the club’s motto, “Service Above Self.”
“Thank you for what you’ve done and welcome to Hendersonville,” Long added.
Deployed three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, James has been awarded a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and four Army commendation medals.
He and his family have been living in the Bethpage area of Sumner County since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2009.
Building Hope premieres on SouthernLiving.com on Oct. 1. The Building Hope episodes featuring Sgt. James and his family will premiere on SouthernLiving.com on Nov. 2.
(Written by Bill Lewis in The Tennessean. For the full article with photos, click HERE).
Savvy consumers are in the habit of comparison shopping before buying appliances, clothes or cars, but when it comes to the largest purchase most of us ever make — a house — that’s not easy to do.
Over two weekends in September, homebuyers will have an opportunity to compare 30 new homes located across the Nashville region during the Showcase of Homes presented by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee (HBAMT).
Homes on the tour range from a $120,000 townhouse to a house listed for more than $1 million. They were constructed by 17 different home building companies, said Trey Lewis, HBAMT president.
“The Showcase is intended to let the public know that new homes are available all over Middle Tennessee,” said Lewis, vice president of Ole South home building company.
Demand strong for new homes
“The Showcase gives the homebuyer an opportunity to comparison shop, compare features, compare areas of town, compare builders,” said Randall Smith, president of Celebration Homes. The company is presenting homes in Franklin and Thompson’s Station.
This is the first Showcase of Homes that the HBAMT has presented since 2008, when the housing market declined. Back then, there were not enough potential buyers looking for homes. Today, there are not enough homes on the market to meet demand, said Lewis.
There were 13,728 properties for sale in the Nashville region at the end of July, according to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. A year ago, there were 15,919.
Lewis believes frustrated buyers who can’t find the right resale house are increasingly interested in newly built homes.
“We want everyone to know new homes are being built every day,” he said.
Many of the homes in the Showcase are available for immediate purchase. Others are decorated model homes that are not on the market, but a buyer can order one “just like it,” said Lewis.
In addition to homes in subdivisions, the Showcase will for the first time include several infill homes. Those new homes, built in established neighborhoods, are a growing part of the market, said Smith.
Jen Lucy, director of sales for the Jones Co., said availability is just one reason many buyers choose a new home instead of a resale house. The company is presenting Showcase homes in Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Nolensville and College Grove.
“We are seeing our customers buying new for multiple reasons, mainly the energy efficiency, new finishes, new layouts, ease of purchase and fantastic locations and community amenities,” she said.
Demand for new homes is strong across the Nashville region, said Brett Tesnow, market manager for Drees Homes. The company is presenting five homes in Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Brentwood, Arrington and Nolensville during the Showcase.
“We’re seeing local move up buyers and a ton of relocating buyers from other states,” he said.
Many buyers expect to move in just a few years and see a new home as a better investment, said Goodall Homes Vice President Todd Reynolds. The company is presenting a house in its new Millstone subdivision in Hendersonville.
A new home can be customized to meet the buyer’s expectations, he said.
“It comes back to being able to personalize the house. Consumers today want choices. They don’t want to be told,” said Reynolds.
New home customers appreciate being able to customize their house, said Vickie Freas, Realtor for Arthur Rutenberg Homes. The company, which is presenting a home in the Kings’ Chapel subdivision, offers 80 floor plans.
“If they have their own floor plan drawn on a napkin,” she said, “we can build that for them.”
If you go
What: Showcase of Homes presented by the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee
When: Sept. 17-20 and Sept. 24-27. Tours take place noon-6 p.m. each day.
Where: Showcase homes are located in Sumner, Wilson, Davidson and Williamson counties. A guide book is available at branches of Franklin Synergy Bank, the event’s sponsor, at area Kroger stores and online at HBAMT.org. The address under each house in the online guide links to a Google map.
Reach Bill Lewis at 615-262-5862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goodall Homes is proud to call Wilson Bank & Trust our preferred lender, as it is considered one of the nation’s top banks. Please take a look at this article, found in Money, Inc., on August 10, 2015.
There was a great article in Sunday’s Tennessean about real estate in Wilson County. Goodall Homes currently sells single family homes and villas in Wilson County at StoneBridge, and will soon be preselling single family homes in Colonial Village as well. Both neighborhoods are in Lebanon.
Please click HERE to view the Tennessean article, written by Bill Lewis. It includes an overview of Colonial Village, which will consist of single family homes, starting under $200,000. Goodall Homes will begin preselling at Colonial Village in September of this year. It is located off of Winwood Drive in Lebanon.
To get on the VIP wait list for Colonial Village, please email email@example.com, or call 615-448-8929.
Channel 5 Morning Line recently did an interview with US Army Sergeant 1st Class Joe James, Rusty Carroll (Executive Director of Operation Finally Home), and Bob Goodall, Jr., president of Goodall Homes to discuss the mortgage-free home being built in our Millstone neighborhood in Hendersonville, TN.
Please click HERE to view this amazing interview! It is so great to be a part of Goodall Homes, who takes pleasure in giving back to the community in such a monumental way.
The Nashville Business Journal has announced the 2015 Sumner Co Impact Awards winners. Congrats to our President/Owner, Bob Goodall, and all the recipients for making a positive impact on your community and business environment in Sumner County!
To view the entire list, click HERE.
Goodall Homes is proud to sponsor Second Harvest’s Hunger Free Summer campaign for the second year in a row. Rachael Overall, the company’s marketing director, says this initiative will help raise awareness about the thousands of children who lose access to their school’s free and reduced-price meal programs each summer.
“It’s really crucial to provide these missing breakfasts and lunches,” she says.Rachael credits her company’s owner, Bob Goodall, Jr., with ensuring Goodall Homes’ ongoing involvement with Second Harvest. She says it all started when her boss visited a local food pantry. When he saw the long lines, he knew he had to find a way to help.
“He saw people he grew up with asking for food,” Rachael explains. “It was a very impactful experience.”
In addition to supporting the Hunger Free Summer campaign, Rachael says Goodall Homes encourages its employees — and their families — to get involved with Second Harvest’s mission any way they can. Whether it’s making a financial contribution
or spending a few hours volunteering at the Martin Distribution Center, Rachael knows her colleagues are making a real difference.
“There are a lot of great organizations in the area, but Second Harvest is one of the best nonprofits I’ve ever worked with,” she says.
Thank you, Goodall Homes, for serving as a model of corporate engagement in our community. Together, we’ll make this a Hunger Free Summer for countless children and their families.
(This article, written by Bill Lewis for the Tennessean, can be found on the Tennessean’s website by clicking HERE.)
Home is where the heart is, as the saying goes. It’s also where you might find a clubhouse, private lake, fitness center, water slide, parks and nature preserves or even a CSA where farmers deliver locally grown produce.
In many subdivisions in the Nashville region, developers are adding new amenities intended to make their neighborhoods stand out. As a result, home buyers are getting a resort lifestyle for the price of a house.
Josh and Morgan Thompson enjoy evening strolls with their 3-year-old daughter Isabella to the 12-acre lake in Franklin’s new Lockwood Glen subdivision.
“We walk down there and watch the sunset,” said Josh Thompson. “The amenities are certainly one reason we chose” Lockwood Glen. The family moved into their new home, built by Goodall Homes, last August.
The neighborhood also has 4,000 feet of frontage along the Harpeth River for canoeing and fishing. A resort-style pool is planned. Prices at Lockwood Glen range from $431,990 to $486,990.
Having amenities like those just a short walk away gives families more time to be together and with their neighbors instead of in the car, said Josh Thompson.
“We wanted a new place, one with more of a sense of community,” he said.
David McGowan, president of Regent Homes, said outdoor amenities are especially appealing to parents with school-age children.
“Get the kids outside. Get some sun, get some recreation,” he said.
Small pocket parks, “what I call tot lots,” are appealing to parents of young children, said McGowan. Regent Homes also includes gazebos, playgrounds and walking trails in its communities.
Residents of the StoneBridge subdivision in Lebanon can participate in a CSA — Community Supported Agriculture — that delivers fresh produce to the community. Goodall Homes, the company that developed StoneBridge, also is planning to offer a CSA at its Millstone neighborhood in Hendersonville.
Millstone, which Goodall recently launched, will have an event lawn, resort pool, fitness center and a lake. StoneBridge has an 8,800-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center and a junior Olympic-size pool.
“We have a saying at StoneBridge. Come home to a vacation. People want to come home and relax,” said Chris O’Neal, Goodall Homes vice president.
Prices at Millstone start at $220,990 for a courtyard cottage and homes in StoneBridge range from $242,990 to $281,990.
Resort-style amenities add a bit to the price of a house, but O’Neal said homeowners may actually save money since they don’t have to pay for memberships in swim clubs or fitness centers.
“It costs money, but it’s not huge. When you spread that over the number of lots (in a subdivision) it’s not huge,” he said.
“Plus, it creates a lifestyle, and that’s good for property values. It’s very appealing to someone looking for a home to buy. Think of the convenience. You avoid the drive time. You don’t have to get in the car.”
At Kelsey Glen, the Jones Co.‘s community in Mt. Juliet, where prices range from the $240,000s to the $310,000s, a new pool and cabana are opening at the end of this month. The subdivision also has 30 acres of open space. At Arbor Crest, the company’s new neighborhood east of Nashville International Airport, its location is one of its main attractions. The community is a mile from Percy Priest Lake boat access. Long Hunter State Park is nearby, as is shopping at Mt. Juliet’s Providence Marketplace. Homes there are priced from the $291,000s.
At Westhaven, the master-planned community near downtown Franklin, residents have a choice of four pools, a lazy river and a water play area with geysers. Then there’s the 119-foot-long water slide.
“By the time you round the second turn, you’re going pretty fast,” said PJ Littleton, affiliate broker at Westhaven Realty.
Adults can find quiet at the saltwater lap pool, at the clubhouse restaurant or on the golf course, he said.
The community also offers outdoor movies, concerts on the lawn and the annual Porchfest music festival.
“It really does feel like a country club setting,” said Littleton.