I’m really excited about the doors this program can open for first-time buyers, in particular — I love a lot of parts of my job, but seeing someone hold the key to their first new home, to experience the accomplishment of achieving a goal and a dream, is by far one of the best feelings I’ve ever known.
There are basic eligibility requirements to take advantage of the program, but they’re clearly outlined on the THDA website:
— you must purchase an existing home (new construction is not allowed)
— the home you’re purchasing must be in an eligible zip code (In Davidson County, the program is applicable for seven specific zip codes: 37218, 37207, 37208, 37115, 37217 and 37086)
— you must be eligible for/use a Great Choice first mortgage loan
— you must complete a THDA-certified Homebuyer Education class with an agency approved to work with HHF-DPA homebuyers
And then some picks that fall into the specified zip codes for the downpayment assistance program.
144 Del Crest Dr
Nashville, TN 37217
A pick for the growing families: 3 beds, 2 baths, well-kept, lots of room to either hang out together or split up (including an absolutely spectacular sunroom), close to Percy Priest lake and the airport. If you’re handy, this is one of those homes that’s already cute and cozy, but with some cosmetic updates, could be especially cool. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
1007 11Th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
I know that an asking price above $300K for a first-time buyer can be intimidating. But with the Germantown area being among the hottest in Nashville, and adjacent corners like Hope Gardens quickly following, this tends to be around the floor of what it’ll take to get a property there that doesn’t need extensive renovations. This 2-bed, 2-bath home, built in 1920, doesn’t need anything — it’s been updated beautifully, and has a great courtyard and off-street parking. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
726 Chickasaw Ave
Nashville, TN 37207
Apply the above hotness commentary here too — East Nashville prices have consistently risen, and renovated homes are steadily going for over $200 per square foot (often higher when you’re closer to Five Points/Lockeland Springs). This 1946 cottage is a to-the-studs renovation, and the finished product is open, bright and charming, with 3 beds, 2 baths, a cute back deck and detached garage. You can see immediately that the open layout helps it live like more than 1419 square feet, too. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
by TJ AndersonI’m starting to sense a little bit of Fixer Upper back
"TJ was awesome! We bought and sold a house with him during the first half of 2012. He was thorough, patient and helpful. Plus he did it all with a sense of humor which we appreciated. He was great in showing us all of our options and get feedback so that he could then show us just the few gems that truly fit our needs. In the end, he found our current house 5 minutes after it went on the market. I'm positive that another realtor would have missed that, but not TJ.I would highly recommend him to anyone!"