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Wilson County Boom Shows No Signs of Slowing

Categories: Colonial Village, Goodall Homes, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, StoneBridge, Subdivision, Wilson County | Posted: July 8, 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 goodallonline@goodallhomes.com, or call 615-448-8929.

Channel 5 Morning Line Interview for Operation Finally Home

Categories: Charity, Community Service, Easy Living Home, Employee News, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: July 8, 2015
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James Family Home in Millstone

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.

NBJ announces 2015 Sumner County Impact Awards winners

Categories: Awards, Employee News, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Business Journal, Press Release, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: July 2, 2015

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 believes in a hunger free summer

Categories: Community Service, Employee News, Events, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Realtor News, Second Harvest Food Bank, Sumner County, Team | Posted: June 5, 2015

(Posted in the Second Harvest blog on June 2, 2015–click HERE for the direct link.  Click HERE for the news segment from WKRN Channel 2.)

Second Harvest

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.

Vacation Without Leaving Home

Categories: Community Service, Events, Franklin, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Lockwood Glen, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, Realtor News, StoneBridge, Subdivision, The Tennessean | Posted: May 26, 2015

(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.

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, 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 Service, Franklin, Goodall Homes, 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 Service, Events, Goodall Homes, 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 Service, Easy Living Home, Energy Efficiency, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, 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.”