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February
15

Chattanooga Indoor Garden

Even though winter is in full swing, it's not too early to start thinking about your plans for your spring garden. Our real estate agents recommend landscaping your home's exterior to get the most attention from prospective homebuyers. Once you know what plants and flowers you want to incorporate, you can get an early start by growing your seedlings inside.

Starting your seedlings inside gives you a chance to get a headstart on the growing season. You can better protect fragile seedlings by keeping them inside in controlled conditions when they're at their most vulnerable. It's also typically more cost-effective to grow your own seedlings instead of purchasing them from a nursery. Here are some guidelines to follow when starting your indoor garden. 

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February
10

Chattanooga Florists

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! If you've been spending all your free time exploring Chattanooga homes for sale, you might not have had a chance to start making plans yet. Luckily, it only takes a couple of minutes to order a beautiful gift from a local florist. 

A great floral designer will be happy to create a personalized gift to impress that special someone. However, it's important to choose a florist who really cares. If you haven't found your favorite florist yet, don't worry! Our real estate agents have tried many area florists and are happy to share this round-up of their favorites. 

  1. Making Arrangements: 3914 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga TN 37409
    Stop by this St Elmo shop for delightful bouquets in the business district. Making Arrangements is owned by Gloria Mendonsa and Sue Soltau Wright who showcase their experience in the visual arts with their floral decorations. A bouquet from one of their talented floral experts is sure to impress. 

  2. Chattanooga Florist: 1701 E. Main St., Chattanooga, TN 37404
    Well-known for their artistic floral presentations, the professional designers at Chattanooga Florist are happy to work with clients to create unique, personalized Valentine's Day gifts. When you order from them, you'll have the confidence of knowing you'll receive a long-lasting arrangement made of fresh, beautiful flowers.
     
  3. Chattanooga Flower Market: 8016 East Brainerd Rd., Suite B, Chattanooga, TN 37421
    Customer satisfaction is the number one priority at Chattanooga Flower Market. They carry a variety of flowers, including daisies, hydrangeas, lilies, roses, and tulips, tropical flowers, and potted plants. Whether you're looking for a traditional rose bouquet or a unique floral design, you'll find exactly what you need here. If you visit this florist, don't forget to ask them about their rewards points program. 
     
  4. Ensign the Florist / Blue Ivy Flowers: 1300 S. Crest Rd., Rossville, GA 30741
    Area residents were excited to learn about the recent merger between Ensign the Florist and Blue Ivy FlowersEnsign the Florist is well-known for their creative custom floral designs. Blue Ivy Flowers was awarded recognition as one of the top-three best-rated florists in Chattanooga in 2020. Both companies have so much to offer, we're thrilled to see what this new partnership brings. If you've been looking at Walker County homes for sale, you'll definitely want to keep an eye on this great florist!
     
  5. The Clay Pot: 1311 Hanover St., Chattanooga, TN 37405
    The talented florist designers at The Clay Pot are sure to put a smile on your valentine's face! For over 25 years the shop has been a great option for a bouquet or for wedding day decorating. The shop is known for offering a variety of styles, so you're guaranteed to find the perfect one for your valentine. Online ordering is currently available for their Valentine's Day offerings. 

Are you ready to fall in love with your dream home this Valentine's Day? Our real estate agents are here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

February
1

Chattanooga PizzaNational Pizza Day is Tuesday, February 9th! Our real estate agents know that you don't need an excuse to dive into a cheesy slice of pizza, but National Pizza Day is a great reason to get adventurous and try a new pizza parlor around town. If you love a classic New York-style slice, consider chowing down on a Chicago deep dish. If you've never ordered pineapple or anchovies on one of America's favorite foods, National Pizza Day is the perfect time to give it a try. Even if you want the classic combo of crust, cheese, and tomato sauce, these pizza shops around Chattanooga won't disappoint.

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January
25

Chattanooga Historic District

With a history dating back hundreds of years, Chattanooga has plenty of stories to tell! The city's proud tradition lives on in many fascinating sites that you can explore today. Immerse yourself in Chattanooga's rich history with a visit to these popular spots recommended by our real estate agents.

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January
18

Chattanooga Winter Hiking

No matter the season, you're never far from a scenic hike when you live in Chattanooga. The city is surrounded by mountains, valleys, breathtaking gorges, and beautiful forests, with trails to suit hikers of every experience level. Winter is an excellent time to explore some local trails, with crisp weather, stunning views, and a different perspective than you will find during warmer seasons. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 of the best places for winter hiking around Chattanooga.

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January
11

Chattanooga Hot Chocolate Cafe

Coffee is a classic pick-me-up, but when our real estate agents want some comfort, they turn to a warm and creamy mug of hot chocolate. Join us in celebrating National Hot Chocolate Day on Sunday, January 31, with a visit to one of these great cafés around Chattanooga.

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January
4

Chattanooga Kitchen Appliances

The New Year is a great time to make a fresh start, and that can include freshening up the look and functionality of your home. If you're looking for ways to give your kitchen a more modern vibe, upgrading your appliances is an easy way to do it. It's especially important for homeowners with Chattanooga homes for sale to ensure their kitchen appliances look good and work properly. If you're tired of dealing with cooktop burners going on the fritz or a fridge that sounds like it's on its last legs, our real estate agents have some tips for determining whether you should upgrade your appliances.

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December
28

Chattanooga Real Estate 2021

As we move closer to the New Year, many homeowners and aspiring homeowners wonder what exactly 2021 has in store. No one could have predicted that 2020's pandemic would have such a dramatic, long-lasting impact on nearly every person, place, and industry around the world. One of the industries that has been surprisingly resilient in much of the United States is the real estate industry.

Real Estate in 2021: What to Expect

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December
14

Give Back Chattanooga

It's no secret that the holidays are going to be very different this year. If you're feeling a little bit down, consider giving yourself the gift of giving back. After all, studies show that happiness and generosity are connected.

There are so many people in need this year, you'll have no problem finding plenty of opportunities to help out. If you need some inspiration, we've got you covered. Our REALTORS® have gathered a list of some of their favorite local organizations accepting donations or looking for volunteers. 

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November
16

Chattanooga Bakeries

Bread is one of the most fundamental parts of the dining experience and one of the most beloved. In the right hands, a fresh loaf of bread can be a little work of art and the perfect companion to all of your favorite dishes. National Homemade Bread Day, November 17th, is an opportunity to celebrate a dining staple that can tie together any meal, and you'll find no shortage of great bakeries to pick up freshly baked bread in the Chattanooga area. Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know 5 of the best with our guide to finding fresh bread in Chattanooga.

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November
4

Chattanooga Things to Do

Are you ready to get out of the house and enjoy the best that Chattanooga has to offer? Our real estate agents love exploring Chattanooga to find the hidden gems and popular haunts that make the city one-of-a-kind. If you're searching for a great way to tour the city without breaking the budget, we encourage you to check out these five free things to do in Chattanooga.

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October
26

Retire in Chattanooga

Fantastic food, live music, endless outdoor attractions, an affordable lifestyle, and close, tight-knit neighborhoods... what more could you ask for? If you've been searching for the perfect place to retire, then Chattanooga is more than worth your time. The city has seen extensive growth in recent years without losing its welcoming, small-town atmosphere and has plenty to offer for retirees of every interest. Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know Chattanooga, starting with 5 reasons why the city is a great place to retire.

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October
19

Chattanooga Pasta

Just as everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, there's a little bit of Italian in everybody on World Pasta Day. Pasta is tasty, versatile, and just plain fun to eat, making it a favorite of our real estate agents. On October 25th, head to one of these top Italian restaurants in Chattanooga for a pasta meal of your choice.

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October
12

Chattanooga Zoo

The country's first public zoo opened in New York's Central Park in 1874, Since then, people of all ages have held a fascination with watching and learning about animals. Today approximately 175 million people per year make a trip to a zoo.

Our REALTORS® love to visit the Chattanooga Zoo and see the variety of exhibits and tours. With the zoo welcoming back guests and hosting Boo in the Zoo and Safari Nights in October, we wanted to share 7 fun facts about the wildest Chattanooga residents. 

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September
15

Chattanooga Fall Colors

Overlooking the banks of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is nestled in the spot where the Appalachian Mountains meet the Cumberland Plateau. It's surrounded by some of America's most spectacular scenery, and autumn just might be the season when Chattanooga looks its best.

For anyone with an eye for natural beauty, Chattanooga is a great place to call home. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite spots for fall foliage around the Chattanooga area! 

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September
8

Before House Hunting

House hunting is an exciting but stressful exercise. You're looking for a home you'll fall in love with, but also one that comes closest to your needs, in terms of location, size, and cost. Along with the excitement come concerns about going over budget and other pitfalls. 

As you search for Chattanooga homes for sale, you need a strategy. To get you started, here are several things you should do before you get serious about house hunting.

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August
17

Chattanooga Food Trucks

Who said going out to eat only meant sitting inside a restaurant? Food trucks present a unique opportunity to grab a quick bite while enjoying the outdoors. Best of all, food trucks usually pull up to some of the coolest breweries, events, and gathering spaces in Chattanooga. If you're looking for a cool way to taste the most interesting local foods in town, our real estate agents encourage you to hunt down one of these Chattanooga food trucks.

  1. Rolling J's Mobile Bistro - Comfort Food, Sandwiches
    The Rolling J's Mobile Bistro has been parked along the streets of Chattanooga since 2013 to serve up some of the best sandwiches in the area. Southern comfort food is the star and is prepared fresh daily. Keep up to date with where the truck is parked by following their Facebook page

  2. Fat Boy's Roadside Eats - BBQ, Sandwiches
    When you hear that Fat Boy's Roadside Eats has been voted as a local favorite food truck for the last 4 years, you know the food has got to be good! If you haven't had a chance to check out this local favorite you're in for a real treat. The menu is very extensive for a food truck and options range from burgers, BBQ, sandwiches, and more. Come hungry and see for yourself why this truck is a local favorite! 

  3. Chew Chew Chattanooga – Sandwiches, Sliders, Vegan
    Thinking about where you want to eat out? Chew it over with Chew Chew Chattanooga. They've got a full-bodied menu ready to satisfy any craving. Comfort foods and street foods line the menu, with favorites like meatball subs, philly cheesesteaks, and po'boys sit alongside vegan "chix" tenders, vegan tacos, and vegan phillies. With something for everyone on the menu, Chew Chew Chattanooga is a great truck to pop by with your family and friends.

  4. Chick-N-Nooga – Comfort Food, Fried Chicken
    Chick-N-Nooga
    knows what Chattanooga residents love to eat. They are one of the leaders in the Chattanooga food truck scene and serve up some cluckin' good eats. Chicken tenders and beer-battered waffle fries are calling your name – don't chicken out! Head over to Chick-N-Nooga on the weekend and help yourself to some of the best chicken in the state.

  5. Greg's Sandwich Works – Sandwiches, Soups
    Who doesn't love a good sandwich paired with a cup of hot soup? Greg's Sandwich Works is whipping up downright delicious sandwiches every day of the week. Using the freshest ingredients in every sandwich, you'll find everything from soups and sandwiches to wraps, hot dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw in their food truck. Order the Greg's Special with turkey, pimento, cheese, and jalapeno and add a Frito Pie to have the ultimate lunch break.

  6. Clumpies Ice Cream Co. – Ice Cream, Frozen Treats
    Of course, you can skip dinner completely and head right for dessert at Clumpies Ice Cream Co. This handcrafted ice cream shop has been a Tennessee favorite since 1999, and now they're taking their sweet treats to the streets. The Clumpies Ice Cream Co. food truck is ready to sweeten up your night with one of their amazing ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, or traditional scoops. We suggest trying the Firecracker, a Clumpies original, which loads pop rocks onto a few scoops of their Tutti Frutti ice cream.
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August
10

Competitive Market

Based on data from the National Association of REALTORS®, existing-home sales bounced back at a record pace in June, showing positive signs for a recovery from the pandemic-influenced downturn. If you are looking to buy right now, chances are you'll be met with some competition. Luckily, there are several ways you can make your offer a stand out. Beat the competition with these tips for making a winning offer on Chattanooga homes for sale

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July
20

Chattanooga Ice CreamThere's nothing quite like a delicious scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day.

Our real estate agents agree it's one of the best and tastiest ways to cool off! Luckily, Chattanooga has many ice cream shops serving scoops of all your favorite flavors. Here's the run-down of the top local ice cream stores you'll want to visit. 

  1. The Ice Cream Show: 105 Walnut St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
    Located in downtown Chattanooga near the Hunter Art Museum, The Ice Cream Show is a must-visit location for locals and tourists alike. Your delicious treat will start with a base of custom-blended ice cream or frozen yogurt. The magic happens when you choose from over 40 fresh ingredients to create one of 17,000 possible combinations! 
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June
22

Flipping in Tennessee

Flipping a home isn't just profitable but fun and exciting. Our real estate agents here at Fletcher Bright Realty know many of the best Chattanooga homes for sale that might be attractive to investors. Beautiful homes of many different architectural styles can be found right here in Chattanooga.

House flippers of all experience levels have a reason to rejoice: Tennessee has been named a Flip Friendly State for 2020 according to a recent Bigger Pockets article.

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June
8

Blood Donation in Chattanooga

World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on June 14, with people around the world coming together to make donations that can save lives. The date holds special importance this year with so many communities battling COVID-19, and the need for donations being greater than ever. Our real estate agents have put together a list of local blood drives and donation facilities, for anyone who wants to be a part of World Blood Donor Day this year.

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June
1

Chattanooga Donuts

It's almost time to celebrate one of the sweetest days of the year, and National Donut Day holds special significance due to its unique origin. The holiday, held on the first Friday of every June, also celebrates the Salvation Army volunteers who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. As our real estate agents are happy to report, there's no shortage of Chattanooga donut shops where you can enjoy a tasty treat this year. Celebrate National Donut Day in style, with our guide to four great local bakeries in Chattanooga where you can find delicious donuts.

  1. Koch's Bakery – 1900 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37408
    With a reputation for baking excellence that stretches back more than 70 years in Chattanooga, Koch's Bakery is a true Scenic City classic. Everything at Koch's Bakery is made from scratch, using old-fashioned family recipes and fresh ingredients. Donuts are baked fresh every day, and this is the perfect place if you're looking for a true, old-fashioned donut. Koch's Bakery also offers a diverse menu of cakes, danish, cookies, pies, and so much more to satisfy your sweet tooth throughout the year.
  2. Julie Darling Donuts – 121 Frazier Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37415
    When you're searching for sweet treats close to Chattanooga homes for sale, it's tough to top the delicious selection at Julie Darling Donuts. Locally owned and operated, Julie Darling Donuts was founded in 2009 and quickly grew into one of Chattanooga's favorite places to enjoy a fresh donut. With classic recipes and a constant commitment to quality, Julie Darling Donuts offers a little bit of everything. They also partner with Chattanooga coffee company Mad Priest Coffee to provide fresh, local coffee to go with all of your favorite treats.

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May
4

Foster a Pet Chattanooga

A random act of kindness has the power to change lives, and our real estate agents believe that kindness is a gift that we can give no matter the time or place. Now more than ever, it's important that we all take a moment to share kindness with our families, friends, and neighbors. Here are five easy ways you can spread kindness in Chattanooga right now!

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April
27

Working From Home Chattanooga

Whether you are a seasoned telecommuter or recently mandated to work from home, staying productive is essential. Every day, you may find a blurred line between your work commitments and your personal life. Managing a balance between the two is critical to achieving your goals. While everyone has a different approach to working at home, our agents have found the following tips are effective in helping you stay productive while working from home.

  1. Create a Work Space 
    Convert an extra room into a home office. If you are preparing to expand your living space, check out the wide variety of Chattanooga homes for sale with a spare bedroom to transform into a home office. Set up a desk and make a functioning office space. When your space is limited, try to use a small computer desk or a folding table in a corner for a workspace. Do not forget when setting up your office or work area to purchase a comfortable chair. Designating a space for your work helps you stay focused and productive.  

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April
20

Donate Masks in Chattanooga

Running out of ways to occupy your time? Cloth face masks are so easy to make that you can work on them while binging Netflix. Here are instructions for sewing a simple face mask along with a list of places around Chattanooga homes for sale that are accepting donations.

How to Make a Cloth Face Mask

  1. Cut two 10-inch by 6-inch rectangles from a piece of tightly-woven cotton fabric. High thread-count pillowcases, flannel pajamas, and dish towels are good sources of materials. Vacuum cleaner bags and HEPA furnace filters will also work. 

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March
23

Small Business Chattanooga

In Chattanooga, we are fortunate to have many local businesses that make our community a wonderful place to call home. 

Due to current events and restrictions, these small businesses need us, more than ever. Here are a few ways that you can support small businesses in Chattanooga while social distancing. 

  1. Opt for Curbside Service
    Though exact guidelines vary from city to city, many areas are allowing restaurants that have had to close their dining rooms continue to serve food and beverages to customers via drive-up windows, delivery, and curbside services. Instead of foregoing eating out entirely, continue to order meals and snacks for delivery or drive-up service (as long as it's permitted by your local COVID-19 guidelines). 
  1. Order Products Online
    Even though in-person shopping may not be possible or recommended, it might be possible to continue to order your favorite products from small businesses online. Ask your preferred Chattanooga small business if it has a website or if it's possible to order items via its social media page. You might have the option to have your order delivered or brought out to your vehicle via curbside delivery. 

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March
16

Spring in Chattanooga

Getting cabin fever after a long winter? Chattanooga offers a variety of exciting opportunities to get out and about during springtime. Our real estate agents have compiled a checklist of lively activities to put on your spring calendar.

  1. Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center - 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419
    Watching Mother Nature rise from her winter slumber is a sight that never grows old. Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is a public park designed to conserve and enhance the natural beauty near Chattanooga homes for sale. The 317-acre property features more than 12 miles of dog-friendly walking trails along Lookout Creek and up Lookout Mountain. With five distinct ecosystems encompassed in the park, you're likely to spot some birds and animals that live on the grounds. Admission is by donation, with $10 for adults and $7 for children requested. The Welcome Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., but members have dawn-till-dusk access.

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March
2

Chattanooga Bookstores

Dr. Seuss is one doctor kids of all ages want to visit. It's only appropriate that Dr. Seuss's birthday has been designated as Read Across America Day. Join our real estate agents in celebrating on Monday, March 2, with a visit to one of these wonderful bookstores and libraries around Chattanooga.

  1. Star Line Books - 1467 Market St., Suite 106, Chattanooga, TN 37402
    While retail shopping continues to move to big-box and online stores, Star Line Books proudly remains the only independent bookstore near Chattanooga homes for sale. The shop's name is a tribute to Star Lowe, its founder, and owner, as well as the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel across the street. In addition to carrying a great selection of literature, poetry, and non-fiction titles, Star Line Books hosts book launches and signings, author readings, and other enjoyable literary events. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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February
24

Racing Around ChattanoogaWhat could be better than seeing the sights around Chattanooga on a pleasant March weekend? Seeing it all on foot, of course! The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is set to return for another great year, with a full weekend of races, expos, music, and fabulous food for all to enjoy. There's a race for every runner, from the challenge of a full marathon to the joy of a fun run designed especially for local kids. The race weekend also features plenty of events that don't require running shoes, including a busy schedule of live music. Our REALTORS® are ready for the races, and we've got all the details.

Dates: March 6 – 8, 2020

Location: Marathon Starting Line at 2nd and Broad Streets on the Riverfront

  • Enjoy the Biggest Annual Race Weekend in Chattanooga
    Whether you're shopping for Chattanooga homes for sale or training for a marathon, this is the perfect city to experience on foot. The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is organized by people who love Chattanooga and has grown into one of the city's most popular events. Founded in 2016, the event was envisioned as a way to engage residents, attract visitors, and benefit the community. It's been a great success so far, with new events and attractions added to race weekend every year. Register to race, or show your support as a spectator – either way you're in for a treat.

  • See the Sights from a New Perspective
    The course for the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is designed to take you through some of the most scenic spots in the city. Longer races kick off on Broad Street between 2nd and 3rd Street, with a course winding through the Riverfront, Bluff View, City Center, Westside, and Southside Historic districts. Spectators love watching around the finish line, but there are plenty of other great vantage points along the Tennessee River and beyond.

  • A Race for Every Experience Level
    Training for a marathon is a big deal, and there's nothing like the reward of crossing the finish line after a long run. But if you're not looking to complete a marathon, no problem! The weekend also features a team relay marathon, half-marathon, 5k run, and a fun run designed just for kids. No matter which race you choose, you'll have plenty of support from the crowd.

  • A Full Weekend of Fun in Chattanooga
    It wouldn't be a big Chattanooga event without great music and even better food, would it? The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon delivers on both fronts, with live music throughout the weekend and ample opportunities to enjoy food from the city's best restaurants. The weekend also includes a series of neighborhood parties, where you can watch the races surrounded by food, live music, and plenty of new friends. 

  • Get Involved with the Chattanooga Erlanger Marathon This Year
    There are so many ways to get involved, whether you're strapping on your running shoes or cheering from the crowd. Runners should plan to register online in advance, while spectators need to find the perfect spot to watch the action on race days close to all of the music, food, and fun.

If you love to experience the outdoors while you enjoy your daily run, then the scenic streets of Chattanooga are waiting for you. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.

February
17

Buying a Home During Retirement

You've put in years of hard work, and now it's time to relax and make the most of your retirement years. Sometimes that means purchasing a new home. Whether you want to downsize or relocate to a warmer climate, there are many things retirees need to consider when purchasing a home in retirement. The following are seven tips our REALTORS® recommend you use as a guideline before making your decision.

  1. Consider Your Costs
    Property taxes, sales taxes, utility bills, HOA dues, maintenance, and general upkeep can amount to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per month. Take these expenses into account and discuss them with your accountant when calculating how much home you can afford.
  2. Look Closely at the Layout
    Most retirees prefer a single-story house or condo when they retire. These are easier to clean and maintain. When choosing a home, you will want to choose one that fits the lifestyle you anticipate and isn't too large or too small for your needs.

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February
3

Veteran Loan 2020

Our REALTORS® have worked with many clients who make use of VA loans to buy their first home. The VA home loan, available to most service members, reservists, and National Guard members, can be genuinely life-changing.

In 2020, benefits associated with the loan will get even better.

If you are looking at Chattanooga homes for sale – or even just considering whether it's time to buy – it's important to know about these pending changes. Many of them can make it easier to get the home you want.

Two crucial adjustments are coming as of January 1, 2020.

VA Loan Limits Will Be Eliminated – For Good

As part of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, signed into law in June, VA loan limits will be removed for all qualified loan applications in 2020 and beyond.

Loan limits specify the highest sum the Department of Veterans Affairs can guarantee with zero down payment. Naturally, the lack of down payment is one of the most attractive aspects of the VA home loan. It can save loan recipients thousands of dollars.

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December
9

Holiday Home Staging

Selling your home during the holidays is a mixed bag of pros and cons. Gone are the booming real estate days of summer, but you can rest assured that anyone willing to venture out house-hunting this time of year is serious about buying. Our REALTORS® know the challenges of selling during the holidays, which is why we're here to help. 

One thing to remember about selling this season is that staging your house is more important than ever. Before listing your Chattanooga homes for sale, take a page from our playbook and use these tips to stage your home like a pro. 

  1. Deep clean your home. 
    Before you start thinking about how to stage your home, you need to clean like you've never cleaned before. Hire a professional cleaning service if you have to. Cleaning tasks yous should complete include eliminating clutter, getting rid of as many knick-knacks, decorations, and personal objects as possible. 

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November
25

Chattanooga Charities

It's almost time to celebrate Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to supporting charities by donating time, funds, or needed goods. You'll find a ton of local charities doing great work in Chattanooga, and Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to show your support. Whether you wish to donate funds or volunteer to help a good cause, there's a worthy local charity that will be happy to have your assistance. Our REALTORS® love giving back to the community, and we've got the details on five great Chattanooga charities to support this Giving Tuesday.

  • Chambliss Center for Children – 315 Gillespie Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411
    Children truly are our future, which is why the Chambliss Center for Children seeks to provide two different services to help children in the Chattanooga area. This nonprofit is a licensed CPA and helps children who have been placed in the state's custody by offering residential services. They also have a 24-7-365 Early Childhood Education & Childcare program to help low-income, single-parent households get the childcare services they need. Staffed by teachers, this program helps give kids the skills they need to be successful in school. 

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November
4

Chattanooga LivingOne look around Chattanooga is all it takes to see how fortunate we are to call a fantastic area home. With the Thanksgiving season right around the corner, we wanted to take the time to reflect on some of the things we have to be grateful for in Chattanooga. Our REALTORS® love calling Tennessee home and compiled a list of 5 things in the area we are thankful for in the Chattanooga area.

  1. Chattanooga Choo Choo is the city's unofficial anthem.
    The song made famous by the Glen Miller Orchestra is a local favorite that still gets a fair amount of radio time. The song earned the first gold record in the music industry, and it's still near and dear to those of us who call the area home. It's a special feeling when you know people all around the country know our city because of such an endearing song. If you want to see the Chattanooga Choo Choo's that inspired the song, head on over to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum where you can ride some of these massive machines.  
  2. Celebrities love Chattanooga.
    You might bump into R&B singer Usher at the grocery store, or see Samuel L. Jackson taking a break at the Tennessee Aquarium. You could spot Terrell Owens or Peyton Manning catching the game at one of the area's sports bars. The city is home to numerous celebrities, and it's quite common to hear stories of folks who get the chance to meet their heroes while they're out and about in the community.

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November
11

Closing Costs Guide

Closing costs are inevitable when you purchase Chattanooga homes for sale. It is essential to include these in your accounting when choosing your home. Knowing what these fees are, and how much they will cost, will protect you from "sticker shock" during the closing process. When closing on a home, be aware of these potential closing costs you may run into. 

  • Origination Fees & Points
    As a general rule, you can expect all of your closing costs to run between 2% to 4% of the total purchase price. The final amount is heavily dependent on the origination fees and points assessed by the lender. The law requires lenders to provide a loan estimate to buyers that provides a full accounting of application/origination fees, and points.

    Points are fees paid to the lender at closing to secure a lower interest rate. This can be a wise investment that can save you significant money over the years. 
     
  • Title Fees
    Roughly 70% of your closing costs will be related to title fees. These fees cover the cost of conducting a title search, securing title insurance, and settlement services.  

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November
18

Inheriting a Home

Whether unexpected or planned for years, inheriting a home is a significant life event most homeowners aren't prepared for until it's legally their property. Even after the transaction is completed, some families may have more questions, confusion, or overall uncertainty. Do you keep the house full of your family's memories, or do you list it with the other Chattanooga homes for sale?

Our REALTORS® understand inheriting a home is rarely a simple feat. Between the range of emotions you experience and the new financial or legal circumstances, you can use all the help you can get. We've gathered together a list of tips to help you through as worry-free and confidently as possible.

  • Don't make quick decisions.
    Maybe you want to keep the home. Perhaps you've thought about selling it. Either way now is not necessarily the right time to make this decision. If nothing else, you want to take the time needed to understand the situation fully, including how it will impact your family if you sell it or keep it.

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October
21

Buying a home in Chattanooga

According to the National Association of Realtors, one-third of all homes sold in 2018 were purchased by first-time buyers.

How do you know when to make the transition from renter to the owner? If the following signs apply to you, it's time to start looking at Chattanooga homes for sale

  1. Is Your Rent Going Up ... and Up ... and Up?
    Only four states have rent control provisions, which means most renters are subject to periodic increases. Last year, apartment rents in the South went up an average of five percent. Timing and amounts of rent increases can vary, making it difficult to budget and save.

  2. Do You Have a Healthy Savings Account?
    For many people, down payment and closing costs are the biggest barriers to buying a home. While the traditional 20 percent down payment means no additional fees such as private mortgage insurance, FHA loans can be secured with as little as 3.5 percent down. In the meantime, you're building equity, and you can eventually refinance.

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September
30

Relocating to Tennessee

Moving to a new state is an exciting adventure! As you start to consider Chattanooga homes for sale, you may be wondering how you're going to conduct a real estate transaction from so far away smoothly. Worry not — our REALTORS® specialize in helping homeowners buy a home in a different state. Whether you're looking forward to calling Tennessee home or if you have an interest in living elsewhere, we've gathered the following tips for buying a home in a different state.

  • Use All Resources Available
    You don't even need to leave your house to make a substantial impact in the homebuying process. Thanks to the internet, you can access a wealth of information to help you make your decision. Feel free to research everything from school districts and property value changes to which industries are growing and how well the local sports teams play. Within minutes, many of your questions about moving to a specific city can be answered, and you can learn valuable information regarding what it might be like to live there.

  • Hire a Relocation Specialist
    Not all agents can accomplish your real estate goals. Relocation specialists understand that this endeavor involves a lot of plate spinning. Find a trusted REALTOR® that can not only help you secure a home in a new city and handle the many elements of moving to a new state.

  • Visit the City
    If possible, go and spend a few days in the city or town you're interested in living in. Although it's tempting to treat it like a vacation, try to live as if it were everyday life. Stay close to your desired neighborhood and see how traffic is at rush hour. Take note of where schools, hospitals, department stores, and other amenities are in proximity to your desired neighborhood. Talk to locals and let them give you their honest opinion about the area.

  • Obtain Financing From a National Bank
    When it comes to the financial obligations of buying a home, you don't want to take any chances. Make sure you choose a financial institution that will help you secure a loan for an out of state home. Large national banks typically have locations throughout the country so you'll easily be able to conduct elements of the transaction from your current branch.

  • Finalize the Sale of Your Prior Home First
    Even if you're not financing your new home with funding from your previous home, it's still a good idea to sell before you buy. Both transactions have their inherent challenges, and unexpected obstacles can pop up in each. By finalizing the sale of your old home, you take a huge worry off of your plate.

Fletcher Bright Realty is a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE). Whether you're moving across the street or the globe, the LeadingRE team of over 130,000 professionals spanning 70 countries is ready to help you find the home of your dreams anywhere on the map. Each firm within the LeadingRE group is hand-selected for its unparalleled performance and ability to deliver exceptional client experiences in relocations near and far.

Are you ready to move to Chattanooga to live in your dream home? Contact us at Fletcher Bright Realty today and let us make the relocation process as smooth as possible.

September
16

Sisters Bluegrass Festival

Thirteen years ago, the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival was born of a simple idea, a family effort, and a love of bluegrass. The festival has since grown into one of the country's most popular free bluegrass festivals. This festival now draws some of the biggest names in bluegrass for a full weekend on the Chattanooga Riverfront. This event was founded by the Bright family and is a cause near and dear to our hearts at Fletcher Bright Realty. It's also just plain fun, so we encourage everyone to attend. Our REALTORS® have all the details on what to expect from this year's edition of the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival in Chattanooga.

Dates: October 4th and 5th
Location: Ross' Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Admission: Free

  • Music and Fun on the Chattanooga Riverfront
    You're never far from great music when you shop for Chattanooga homes for sale, and the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival is a shining example of why that's the case. Held every year on the Chattanooga Riverfront, the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival features big-name acts from around the country. The setting, at scenic Ross' Landing, provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend of music, food, drink, and family fun. Best of all, 3 Sisters is free to attend. There's no admission price for any show on the schedule, just as it has always been. Simply bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the bands at this year's festival. 

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October
28

Remodel or Relocate

You've loved your home for years, and it is truly unbelievable how fast time has flown by since you held the keys in your hand for the first time. If you're like many homeowners, you may start to wonder whether or not this home is your forever home. Should you give it a little love and renovate it to transform it into something new, or should you consider listing it for sale and move to a new home that meets your lifestyle needs more acutely?

Our REALTORS® understand that this is not a decision that you can make overnight. When we check-in with our previous clients that have purchased Chattanooga homes for sale years ago, many of them ask us for advice on whether or not they should sell their home. To help you make the choice that's right for you, we've put together this quick list of pros and cons for remodeling and relocating.

3 Upsides to Remodeling

  1. Create More Space
    If you have children or parents who are getting older and will need more space in your home, remodeling is an excellent way to transform a few lesser-used rooms into their own private spaces.

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September
10

Fall Festivals Chattanooga

Calling Chattanooga home means that you'll always have another fun, local festival coming up on the calendar, and the fall season is certainly no exception. There are festivals planned around harvest time, events packed with local culture, and plenty of opportunities to explore all of the excitement that Chattanooga has to offer. Pleasant weather makes fall a great time to enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with your favorite people at local events. Our REALTORS® are ready for fall fun, and we've got the details on five great festivals coming to Chattanooga this fall.

  1. Chattanooga Oktoberfest, 1801 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN 37408 - October 13 
    Chattanooga homes for sale 
    make it easy to reach all of the fantastic festivals and events on our list, including Chattanooga Oktoberfest which takes place at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Visit Chattanooga's longest-running Oktoberfest event for a full weekend of great food, local brews, and German traditions. The festival features traditional German dining, more than 99 different craft brews, and live music throughout the weekend. This is a family-friendly Oktoberfest event, with attractions and fun for all ages.

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August
26

Chattanooga September Music Events
The Scenic City is a great place to spend time outdoors, but that's not the only thing that makes Chattanooga such a vibrant place to call home. Our city is also one of the best spots in the region for live music, with a schedule of shows that spans the whole calendar. September is certainly no exception, with a ton of great festivals and shows to enjoy in the city. From bluegrass to soul, Chattanooga has it all. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the biggest live music shows coming to Chattanooga this September.

  1. Classic Soul Music - Convention Center, 1150 Carter St., Chattanooga, TN 37402 - September 7
    Settle in for the sweet sounds of soul music at Classic Soul Music LIVE!, with performances from David Anthony and Chattanooga native Tonee Valentine. Start your evening with some laughs with comedian John Q. as the opening act, then get ready to sing along and dance your heart out with a full night of soulful hits.

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August
12

Colleges and Universities Around Chattanooga
Start Your College Career in Chattanooga

Whether you're a prospective student, current student, alumni, or a resident looking for a unique destination to explore, Chattanooga's universities have something special for you. The area is home to several high-ranked universities, and you'll also find excellent schools in our surrounding communities too.

Universities add so much to a town, from a vibrant student population to cultural events, sports, and economic growth. Are you interested in exploring local universities? Our real estate agents have the details on six schools in the Chattanooga area.

  1. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403
    Conveniently located near Chattanooga homes for sale, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the city's largest university. UTC was founded in 1886 as Chattanooga University and has been part of the city's fabric ever since. This was a private school for nearly a century before merging with two local public schools to create a vibrant campus that students enjoy today. McKenzie Arena, located on campus, hosts live performances, well-known musicians, and UTC Moccasins basketball games. The campus also features a Fine Arts Center, where you can watch plays, concerts, and other performances.

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June
24

Chattanooga Parks for the Perfect Picnic

Six Chattanooga Parks for the Perfect Picnic

One of the best parts about living in Chattanooga is getting outside and enjoying our city's beautiful outdoor parks.  

Since July is National Picnic Month, it's the perfect time to grab your family, pack a basket (or place a take-out order from your favorite restaurant), and head outdoors to one of our nearby local parks. We have a long list of city parks and greenspaces just right for a leisurely lunch. Our REALTORS® have rounded up a list of six of our favorite spots to enjoy the perfect Chattanooga picnic. 

  1. Coolidge Park - 150 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405
    Spacious Coolidge Park has scenic trails and plenty of open space. Located in Chattanooga's North Shore neighborhood, this gem of a park has plenty of unique features. Lovely views of the Tennessee River, a pedestrian bridge, and a restored antique carousel are just a few. Coolidge Park is located near Chattanooga entertainment venues, art galleries, shopping, and restaurants.  It also serves as the local hub for numerous concerts, festivals and special events.

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July
8

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

Are you searching for a place that offers family fun for all ages, close to home in Chattanooga? Just across the TN-GA state line, you'll find one of our region's favorite destinations for summer fun, with rides, a water park, and so much more. Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, also known as Lake Winnie, has been a local favorite for nearly a century. Whether you're looking for thrill rides, a perfect place to let young children have the time of their lives, or anything in between, you'll have it at Lake Winnie. Our real estate agents love Chattanooga fun, and we're excited to tell you all about what you will find at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park.

Location: 1730 Lakeview Dr., Rossville, GA 30741
Season: Open Every Day June 12 – August 7, Select Dates in May, September, and October
Admission: Purchase Tickets Online or at the Gate

  • Family Fun at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park
    Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park is a place for all ages, with a selection of attractions that will appeal to every member of the family. From fun kiddie rides to non-stop thrills, Lake Winnie has it all. The park offers extended hours while school is out in the summer, perfect for a full day of fun close to home. Purchase a season pass to visit anytime, or grab affordable single-day tickets when you arrive.

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July
1

Determining Property Lines
Judge Judy has mediated many a dispute between neighbors who have quarreled over the location of property lines. Fortunately, determining accurate boundaries doesn't have to be that dramatic. Use these helpful methods to find the correct property lines of Chattanooga homes for sale.

  1. Check the Deed 
    All deeds include a legal description of a property's boundaries. This often takes the form of a metes and bounds survey, which delineates boundary lines by terminal points and angles. "Metes" are measurements between two points along a certain direction, while "bounds" refer to roads, trees or other landmarks providing visual markers. 

    Metes and bounds surveys are useful but approach with caution. They're sometimes difficult for a layperson to interpret, and depending on when the survey was completed, the landmarks may have changed or disappeared completely.

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June
5

Summit of Softball Ooltewah

Our REALTORS® have been known to enjoy a game of softball every now and then when it's time to take a little break from showing Ooltewah homes for sale.

If baseball and softball are your games of choice, then you'll definitely want to check out the Summit of Softball Complex, one of the top attractions in the Tennessee River Valley.

Located right in Ooltewah, Tennessee, the Summit of Softball is a brand new complex that revitalizes an area already known for amateur and professional softball at all age levels.

The Best Softball Fields in the Chattanooga Area Await You at the Summit of Softball

The Summit of Softball has been created in response to a unique community need: High-quality facilities for all of the softball and baseball tournaments that take place all around the region.

It's not just professionals who are in on the game, but youth and adult athletes of all skill levels. With such great interest, a fresh idea was needed to end schedule conflicts and maintenance issues.

The Summit of Softball is the solution that's enriched the community even further.

The eight fields have been lauded by church groups, clubs, senior leagues, and more. The fields accommodate both fast- and slow-pitch softball, kickball, and baseball. Plus, the whole complex is ADA-compliant, allowing people with mobility limitations and other concerns to enjoy.

And it's not just fields – not by a long shot. There are tons of other amenities.

For example, you can make use of practice areas, facilities for coaches and umpires, offices fully equipped with computers and Wi-Fi, record keeping and media booths, and of course, the bleachers. They're beautifully shaded so spectators get the full experience in all weather.

You don't have to be playing a game to enjoy, either. Visitors have the opportunity to relax in a hospitality room or in the picnic areas with manicured grass and shaded seating. You can simply stretch your legs on the walking track or go see the pedestrian plaza.

The Summit of Softball is open daily and hosts a full roster of scheduled games. It welcomes the public from spring through fall. Ooltewah residents are just down the street from the Summit, which you can find at 8646 Apison Pike, Ooltewah, TN 37363.

Even if softball isn't your game, you'll find plenty of amenities that make Ooltewah a unique and attractive place to live. Our experienced team can also help you with Chattanooga homes for sale or recommend opportunities in nine other enticing communities. Contact Fletcher Bright Realty to find out more.

May
13

Mortgage Interest Rates
You negotiated a good deal on your dream home with the beautiful kitchen, and you are approved for a mortgage. Now, all that's left is to sign the paperwork. All those pages you are signing detail what you will pay for the house you are making a home. One specific number to pay attention to is the interest rate, which of course, adds to the final amount you pay back.

So how is the interest rate calculated for people buying Chattanooga homes for sale? Here is a quick primer:

  1. Debt to income ratio
    This number shows lenders how much income you have to the amount of debt you are responsible for paying back. If you have a lot of debt payments already, you might find it difficult to pay a larger mortgage. One of the best things you can do before buying a house is pay down as much debt as possible. Not only will this let you get a better interest rate, but it will also give you breathing room as you begin homeownership.

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April
29

Chattanooga Fishing Spots
Chattanooga comes by its nickname, "The Scenic City" justly.  Its natural beauty accented by a diverse collection of lakes, creeks, ponds, rivers, and other waterways makes it a great spot for anglers of all types. Whether you love fly fishing, hitting the water in your boat, or casting your line from a sunlit fishing pier, you'll find no shortage of fabulous fishing spots throughout the Chattanooga area. Best of all, many of the city's fishing spots are free to visit, and all you need is a Tennessee fishing license. Our REALTORS® have the details on six favorite fishing spots spread around the Chattanooga area.

  1. Chickamauga Dam Fishing Piers – 4631 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga 37406
    Chattanooga homes for sale are located just a few miles from the Chickamauga Dam, one of the city's favorite fishing spots. The park at Chickamauga Dam features boat ramps, along with a variety of fishing piers where you can drop a line in the water. At this fishing spot, you'll find a few types of bass perfect for sport fishing, along with a variety of other local species.

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May
20

Chattanooga Whiskey Thief
If you are shopping Chattanooga homes for sale with the intention of becoming a new resident of our vibrant city, getting a feel for the local nightlife is likely to be on your priority list. If so, The Whiskey Thief is a great place to start. Located in Downtown Chattanooga, this elegant and lively area hot spot is the Edwin Hotel's rooftop bar and offers a taste of city nightlife that you won't soon forget.

About The Whiskey Thief at the Edwin

Here's a little bit on the home of the Whiskey Thief; The Edwin Hotel. The Edwin is Chattanooga's newest boutique hotel, tastefully opulent and, as its manager says, "quintessentially Chattanooga, created by and for Chattanoogans." This lovely hotel is very focused on showcasing the culture of the local area, its walls lined with the work of local artists and its kitchens filled with foods from local farmers. Local coffee roasters provide their wares to The Edwin, and they serve craft beers and whiskey from local producers.

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April
15

Chattanooga Food Bank
Helping end hunger in Chattanooga is a cause most anyone can get behind, whether they are already residents of the area or are in town shopping Chattanooga homes for sale. HullaBOWLoo is a wonderful way to support that cause – and have a great time while doing so. So just what exactly is this event, and why should you make a point of being there?

About HullaBOWLoo

HullaBOWLoo is the Chattanooga Area Food Bank's signature fundraising event and has become an annual tradition in the area. Patrons of this event help fill the bowls of people facing hunger, aiding the Chattanooga Area Food Bank as they work to end hunger and promote better nutrition throughout the region. Not only is it an opportunity to lend a helping hand to hungry children, seniors, and families in the 20 counties this food bank serves, it is also a great way to meet new neighbors, make local connections, sample the area's best cuisine, have lots of fun and get a feel for the Chattanooga area community.

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February
18

5C's of Credit
The process of buying a home starts long before you start looking at listings. It starts when you begin building credit. The ways you spend money and the debts you carry will have a significant impact on your credit. Our REALTORS® are here to help you understand the "Five C's" of credit and what lenders are looking for when you're buying a home.

  1. Character Counts
    Lenders will examine your credit report to determine your credit risk. They will look at how long you have worked for an employer and how long you have lived at the same address. Lenders want to see stability and consistency as these are the foundations of good character.

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January
28

Chattanooga Antique Shops
Are you searching for the perfect gift for that special someone, or a unique treasure to display in your home? Whether you love shopping for antiques, hunting for vintage items, or simply browsing through treasures you won't find anywhere else, visiting Chattanooga's many antique shops is a great way to spend a day. Every shop offers something unique, both in terms of atmosphere and selection. Did we mention that there are a ton of antique and vintage shops located throughout the city? Our REALTORS® are here to help you start shopping, with our guide to five of the best antique and vintage shops in the Chattanooga area.

Shop for Hidden Gems and Unique Treasures

  1. The Refindery on McCallie – 1300 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga
    Established in 2015, The Refindery on McCallie has quickly become one of Chattanooga's favorite spots to hunt for special finds. This popular antique and vintage store offers a wide variety of items, from Persian rugs to small, unique gifts perfect for any occasion. Enjoy a large, well-organized store, with a friendly staff and more than enough great finds to keep you browsing for hours.

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January
14

Hunter Museum - Museums Boost Real Estate
Whether you're buying or selling a home, the neighborhood where that home is located should always be one of the most important considerations. A strong school district, attractions, parks, shopping, and employment options nearby can all make a neighborhood a more desirable place to call home. When a neighborhood becomes more attractive to a wide range of potential residents, real estate values in the area tend to go up. Museums, in particular, can help add significant value to nearby properties, and the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga is a great example of the concept in action. Our REALTORS® have more on how museums add value to neighborhoods, and what you can expect at Chattanooga's Hunter Museum.

How Popular Museums Bring Added Value to Nearby Real Estate

When the world-famous Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao, Spain in 1997, the city was well-known, but not yet an iconic international destination for the arts. The museum quickly changed that, turning Bilbao into one of the hottest arts and culture destinations in the world, which lead to a massive increase in real estate values. This effect can be seen to varying extents whenever a popular museum opens, proving that museums can add value to a neighborhood in a variety of different ways.

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December
11

Chattanooga Holiday Home Buying List
Is a new home on your holiday wish list? Whether you've just started searching for Chattanooga homes for sale or have been considering it for a while, we've created this home-buying checklist to make buying that perfect house simpler.

  1. Review Your Credit
    Your first step is to check your credit score and review your credit reports. Errors are more common than you think. If you find any, you'll want to contact the credit reporting agencies and have them corrected immediately. Checking your credit early also gives you time to work on improving your score if necessary.

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November
27

Chattanooga Holiday Market
The holiday season is fast approaching, and there has never been a better time to shop local in Chattanooga. Every Friday and Saturday throughout December, you can head to the Chattanooga Convention Center to take in the sights, sounds, and deals at the Chattanooga Holiday Market. Buy gifts from local artisans, sample holiday treats, and enjoy holiday-themed entertainment with fun for all ages. Our REALTORS® are here to tell you more about this wonderful opportunity to get in the holiday spirit at the Chattanooga Holiday Market.

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November
20

8 Tips to Protect Your Home from Theft During the Holidays
Our REALTORS®
 are glad to see the holiday season return to the Chattanooga area. Our city hosts some truly unforgettable holiday events, from the Chattanooga Holiday Market at the Chattanooga Convention Center, to the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at the Tivoli Theatre.

But if you're like a lot of Chattanooga residents, there's a good chance you'll be heading out of town to visit friends and family elsewhere. If that's the case, now is a good time for a refresher course on keeping your home secure while you're gone. 

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November
13

Chattanooga Places to See Santa
Chattanooga locals will soon be able to look forward to the lights, sounds, and joys of the Christmas and Holiday seasons. Have you been searching for Chattanooga homes for sale, but need a break? If so, our local area has plenty on offer—much of it featuring appearances of the jolly old elf himself.

At Fletcher Bright Realty our REALTORS® are confident that you'll find the city and its surroundings just as charming and lovable as we do. Make a list of these Holiday hot spots—and be sure to check it twice!

  1. Santa's Workshop - Hamilton Place Mall - 2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN
    Santa and his team of joyous elves will be visiting this once upon a time largest mall in Tennessee, offering opportunities for photo packages and exclusive holiday items available to the young and young-hearted members of your family. Drop by for a photo opportunity, or stay and shop around, but either way, this trip is an excellent way to start the season.

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November
6

Chattanooga Restaurants for Thanksgiving
With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to count our blessings and start planning some festive family fun.

If you're taking a break from exploring the many Chattanooga homes for sale so you and your family can enjoy Thanksgiving together, the thought of spending the day slaving away in the kitchen may not excite you. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Our REALTORS® have gathered a list of some of their favorite Chattanooga restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner.

  1. The Chattanoogan - 1201 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402
    Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, the Chattanoogan Hotel is an excellent choice for your Thanksgiving celebration. Take in the gorgeous views of Lookout Mountain while enjoying a unique and tasty feast in the beautifully decorated ballroom. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 
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October
22

Chattanooga Head of the Hooch Regatta

Chattanooga homes for sale are some of the most desirable anywhere in the United States, and our REALTORS® have the inside track when you're eager to find the one you want.

How do you know when you've found the right community for you? Most people say there's a certain special something that helps them feel like they've finally come home.

It might be a combination of world-class amenities, convenience, leading employers or the best schools. Chattanooga has all of these things and many more, besides.

Thanks to its unique culture and location, you'll also find plenty of features that you wouldn't expect elsewhere. The beautiful and scenic Tennessee River winding hundreds of miles over the landscape is one thing that's remarkable about our city. It provides incredible recreational and athletic activities other places can only imagine.

One of those is the annual Head of the Hooch rowing regatta held right in Chattanooga.

It's perhaps the favorite here at Fletcher Bright Realty – and if you happen to be around to look at homes in the area, you shouldn't pass up the chance to see it for yourself.

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October
16

Chattanooga Family Fun Aquascarium
If you've been spending all of your free time looking for the perfect home, why stop on trick-or-treat night? As you and your children wander door-to-door looking for ghoulish treats and ghostly fun, you're bound to get a view of Chattanooga homes for sale. You can even wear a costume if you like.  

If trick-or-treat househunting sounds too scary for you, our REALTORS® have a better idea. Let us arrange a not-so-creepy tour of the homes you love. Afterward, you and your family can begin your Halloween weekend with Aquascarium. It's just one of the events during the monthlong ODDtober celebration at Tennessee Aquarium. 

Aquascarium | Tennessee Aquarium

Friday, October 26, 2018

Aquascarium offers Halloween fun for everyone. It's a great alternative to wandering the streets and knocking on doors for questionable treats. The evening was designed to provide spooky fun... but not too spooky. It's kid-friendly enough for your youngest little ones. All you have to do is put on your costume, show up, and enjoy the Halloween excitement.

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October
9

Chattanooga Boo in the Zoo
Halloween is just around the corner, and if you're looking for a way to scare up some family-friendly fun for the season, we have the perfect solution. Join in the fun on October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2018 at the Chattanooga Zoo for their annual fright-free event. Our REALTORS® are certain that your entire family will enjoy the activities at Boo in the Zoo, and will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Mark your calendar, and get ready to experience the zoo like never before.

A Unique Halloween Experience in a Safe Environment

A fun and different type of Halloween event, Boo in the Zoo offers a safe and exciting atmosphere that everyone can enjoy, and it can be a fun addition or alternative to your regular fall festivities. Imagine an evening of enjoying all the great exhibits at the Chattanooga Zoo with the added bonus of seasonally themed activities.

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October
2

Chattanooga Seven Bridges Marathon
Going for a walk or run on the scenic streets of Chattanooga is a favorite pastime for many local residents because there is always something beautiful, historic, or interesting to see around the next corner. The 7 Bridges Marathon held each fall in Chattanooga, allows you to see the city from a truly unique perspective. The marathon winds past local landmarks, passes over scenic bridges throughout the city, and features nearly constant views of the Tennessee River. Our REALTORS® have the key details on this year's edition of the 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga.

Experience the Scenic City at The 7 Bridges Marathon

The Event: The 7 Bridges Marathon

Race Date/Times: Sunday, October 21, 2018

  • 7 Bridges Marathon/Relay 7:00 am
  • Desmond Doss Memorial Four Bridges Half Marathon/Relay 7:30 am
  • 5K Race 7:45 am
  • The PM Pediatrics Family Fun Run 10:00 am

Starting Location: Coolidge Park on Tremont Street, by the Blue Rhino Statue

A Run to Suit Every Participant

The 7 Bridges Marathon includes a full-length, 26.2-mile marathon course, which travels across bridges throughout the city. If you haven't been training for a marathon, there are still plenty of great races to enjoy. The 4 Bridges Half Marathon features a 13.1-mile course with scenic views throughout, and there will be a 5k walk/run starting shortly after the longer races. There's even a 1k "Family Fun" run that kicks off at 10:00 am, which makes for a perfect family outing on a pleasant Sunday morning.

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September
18

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival 2018
It's almost time to put a bow on another great summer in Chattanooga and turn our attention to one of the city's most beloved special events. The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, which is dear to the hearts of our REALTORS® and nearly every member of our Fletcher Bright team, returns to Chattanooga on the first weekend of October. As always, the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival is a free event for all, bringing some of the biggest names in bluegrass music to the stage in Chattanooga. Prepare for this year's event with our guide to the 2018 edition of the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival in Chattanooga, TN.

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August
28

Big River Grille
Big River Grille and Brewing Works
has been a favorite of Chattanooga locals for over 20 years. As soon as you step inside, the reason is apparent. The restaurant offers a variety of delicious menu items, as well as fresh-brewed beers and entertainment options. The original downtown restaurant became so popular that a second location opened in Hamilton Place, and a third in Florida's Disney world.

If you're a local looking for a unique spin on classic American food or a visitor after a break from touring Chattanooga homes for sale, Big River Grille and Brewing Works has just what you need.

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August
20

Lula Land Trust
Even a brief look at Chattanooga homes for sale reveals one of the biggest attractions in our city – the great outdoors. It's a rare house in Chattanooga that's more than a stone's throw from a lake, stream, bike path or hiking trail. One of the best places to explore in the area is Lula Lake Land Trust, which sits less than 20 minutes from the heart of Downtown Chattanooga.

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August
14

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
Yes, it's summertime in Chattanooga, which means it's prime time to get out there and experience the outdoors. Our REALTORS® get asked all the time what it is that makes Chattanooga a special place to live, and there are a lot of ways to answer that question, but our city's natural resources rank at the top of the list. To understand why we love living in Chattanooga, you need to look no farther than Lookout Mountain. 

Overlooking Chattanooga just minutes from Downtown, Lookout Mountain offers expansive, panoramic views across the Tennessee River, the city of Chattanooga, and the rolling mountains beyond. Lookout Mountain is home to Lookout Mountain Flight Park and Resort.

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July
23

Steps to Buy Your Perfect House
Finding your perfect home is exciting! You've looked at many Chattanooga homes for sale and found the one! You probably can't wait to move in! But there are a few things that have to be completed before you can officially call it yours. These next important steps will get you through to closing day.

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July
16

Chattanooga Back Inn Cafe
When you're looking at Chattanooga homes for sale , you'll probably want to know all about the great places in the neighborhood to go for a night out or an excellent meal. Chattanooga is full of fun and unique ways to spend your evenings. If you're in the mood for a romantic dinner out, try the Back Inn Café. One of Chattanooga's premier dining establishments, you're sure to have a night to remember. 

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July
10

Buying a Home Chattanooga
The real estate market is always changing. During a seller's market, you'll have lots of competition for your new home. You may be getting stuck in bidding wars and losing, frustrated with your lack of choices, or afraid you'll never find the home you need. Keeping your sanity and getting into your new home in a seller's market is still possible. Here's how to overcome the most common obstacles. 

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July
3

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park
Find your way to Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, and experience a world of fun and thrills in the heart of summertime. Our REALTORS® know that you're anxious to find that special place among the many Chattanooga homes for sale, and we are dedicated to seeing your dreams come true. Take a short break from the house hunt and a short drive to nearby Rossville, GA where you'll discover all the excitement of one of our favorite local attractions. 

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June
12

Chattanooga Summer Camps for Kids
Many families take summer camps and other after-school activities into account when looking at Chattanooga homes for sale. The local area is home to some of Tennessee's most highly regarded schools – but even the best students can't spend all their time in class.

When warm weather rolls around and it's time to break free for a while, a summer camp is a wonderful decision. Kids get the chance to meet new friends, learn useful skills, and develop their appreciation for the great outdoors.

Let's shed some light on the subject with some of the best summer camps in Chattanooga:

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May
30

Chattanooga Riverbend Festival 2018
Chattanooga homes for sale
are some of the most attractive in the region. Not only do buyers have all kinds of great opportunities in the local housing market, they can also enjoy the fact that Chattanooga is an outstanding center of music, art, and culture.

As one of the biggest cities in Tennessee, it's no surprise that Chattanooga has produced – and been visited by – some of the top stars in genres like country western and bluegrass. In fact, it is #4 by population behind only Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

Plenty of big names have gotten their start in Chattanooga before taking their act national on the big stages in Nashville. One of the reasons this happens so frequently is thanks to Chattanooga's culture of music festivals. Open-air musical performances are always happening somewhere!

The Riverbend Festival is one of the best musical festivals in the country.

It's held in Chattanooga every year, and it's coming this June 8.

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June
1

Chattanooga TN Fixer-Upper

Chattanooga homes for sale come in all shapes and sizes, and Our REALTORS® are happy to introduce you. From stately Tudor homes to modern marvels, Tennessee's fourth-largest city has them all. That includes diamonds in the rough: The fixer-uppers.

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May
7

Chattanooga Family Fun: A Little Horsin' Around at Coolidge Park 

Coolidge Park Carousel

Looking for a fun and refreshing way to spend the day in the Chattanooga area? Take a break while checking out Chattanooga homes for sale, and come discover all that Coolidge Park has to offer, including a wonderfully restored, antique carousel to be enjoyed by kids and those who are kids at heart. Our REALTORS® live and work in Chattanooga and are the area experts when it comes to everything that makes living in Chattanooga special.  The antique carousel in Coolidge Park tops our list.

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April
30

Exploring Chattanooga From Lookout Mountain

Point Park Lookout MountainThe Chattanooga area is rich with history, and an outing to Point Park located on Lookout Mountain is a perfect way to travel back in time to discover more about the heritage that helped shape the region and our country. Whether you're a local, a tourist, or someone considering finding your ideal residence among the various Lookout Mountain homes for sale, a visit to Point Park will leave you with an appreciation of the natural beauty of the area and a bit of a history lesson.

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April
23

Chattanooga Sculpture Fields Montague Park

Our real estate agents don't just work in Chattanooga, they also love living and enjoying all of our great attractions.  One such attraction is the family-friendly Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. Located on the south side of Chattanooga, the multi-acre park attracts visitors from near and far while presenting the enrichment of an art museum in a tranquil, open-air setting.

Chattanooga Home to Over 35 Sculptures from World-Renowned Artists

At the Sculpture Fields, you'll find an impressive collection of large-scale sculptures placed throughout this 33-acre park. The work of artists from all over the world is celebrated here in a wide array of subject matters for the public to appreciate and enjoy. Among the must-see art is one the newest installations, The Least Amount of Space, an almost 7-foot tall piece crafted by artist Jason Kimes. Each piece is a unique and expressive display worthy of contemplation and admiration.

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April
19

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

As the fourth largest city in Tennessee, Chattanooga is one of the South's premier destinations for travel and relocation. New residents and visitors alike are attracted to our fair city if for no other reason than its variety of things to do. 

If you are relocating to Chattanooga, our REALTORS® have a long list of Chattanooga homes for sale to show you in addition to well-known attractions like the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.

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April
11

Songbirds Guitar Museum
If you have a passion for music and music history, you'll love our Songbirds Guitar Museum located in the world-famous Chattanooga Choo Choo complex. Songbirds is more than your traditional museum. It's a piece of modern music history--well, about 1,700 pieces of it to be precise--as well as a concert venue, the perfect place to hold your next event, and overall the experience of a lifetime.

If all of this strikes a chord with you, you're in good company. The New York Times has included Songbirds in their Top 52 Places to Go in 2018, USA Today ranked Songbirds #8 as a Best New Attraction, and Thrillist.com listed Songbirds as One of the Top 15 Coolest Things in US Cities in 2017. Our real estate agents are thrilled when new residents come to Chattanooga to look for a home and ask about local things to do and see. See why Songbirds Guitar Museum will top your list of favorite things to see when you make Chattanooga your home.

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April
3

Local Chattanooga Dining at Its Best

Feed Co. Table & Tavern Lunch

You just can't talk about Chattanooga without mentioning our restaurants. When you are touring homes, you're going to work up and appetite so make sure to stop at one of our local eateries to satisfy your hunger. A great place to start is The FEED Co. Table & Tavern located at 201 West Main Street in our Southside neighborhood.

The Southside neighborhood--once the hub of industry in Chattanooga-- became known for its abandoned warehouses and buildings during the mid-20th century. After undergoing a revitalization, the Southside now defines Chattanooga as the center of art, entertainment, and cuisine—making this neighborhood an ideal home for The FEED Co. Table & Tavern.

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March
21

Chattanooga Three Sisters Performers
Chattanooga has a long history of being one of America's great cities for live music. In addition to offering incredible music venues like the Revelry Room and JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga hosts a wide range of fun musical events year-round. Some only come around once a year, but others can be enjoyed anytime you want. So if you're music lover looking for Chattanooga homes for sale, be sure not to miss out on these great music experiences.  

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March
12

Chattanooga Home-Buying Budget
It's natural to dream big when you're checking out Chattanooga homes for sale. But at some point, you'll have to get real. Sure, you'd love a wonderful home in a fabulous neighborhood. You might even imagine yourself in a jacuzzi, a sauna, or a beautifully landscaped in-ground pool. There's nothing wrong with dreaming big as long afford it.

Our REALTORS® understand that the home you desire isn't always the home you can afford. We believe it's important to begin your home-buying quest with an honest assessment of dollars and cents. That's why we offer our five tips for buying a home

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February
28

2018 Chattanooga Marathon
Chattanooga—there may be no better city in America to run, hike, bike, climb and do just about anything else you can think of in the great outdoors. If you're looking for Chattanooga homes for sale, you probably already know this. What you might not be aware of is that one the great outdoor events of the year in Chattanooga is right around the corner: The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon.

Now in its third year, the Chattanooga Marathon is presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and offers a great opportunity to build community, get to know Chattanooga, and learn why it's known as the "Scenic City."

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February
14

Chattanooga High Point Climbing & fitness
One of the things our REALTORS® love the most about Chattanooga, TN is that it's one of the best cities in America to pursue an active, adventurous lifestyle. Surrounded by rugged mountains and sandstone cliffs, Chattanooga is gaining a reputation as America's new rock climbing capital.

Unfortunately, most of us simply don't have the time to take off on mountain adventures every day (much as we might like to). That's why we're lucky to have places right in the heart of the city where we can go climbing any time. At High Point Climbing and Fitness, you can hit the slopes any day of the week without leaving the city limits.

Chattanooga Climbing

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February
8

Finding Chattanooga Schools
How to Find a Great School in Your New Chattanooga Neighborhood

If you're like most parents, access to good schools is near the top of your list of priorities for your new home... if not at the very top. But other than asking your real estate agent, who may or may not have children of their own, how do you find a good school for your children?

Here are a few tips to help you find the school of your family's dreams to go with your dream home.

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January
25

Chattanooga Fitness Classes
Whether you work out to stay in shape, keep the stress levels down or are trying to lose weight, there really is an exercise class for everyone. Motivation and consistency are key to any fitness goal, and finding a group class you actually enjoy often provides both. Need something different or just not sure what to choose? We'll offer a few suggestions from some of the best options in town.

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January
15

Retirement in Chattanooga
What would you like to see in the community where you choose to spend your retirement? Perhaps you're interested in scenic walks, ample outdoor activities, and great places to grab a meal at the end of the day. Or maybe you'd like to soak up the arts, visiting galleries, historic performance venues, university exhibits, and public art displays. No matter how you wish to spend your days, the Chattanooga, TN is a fantastic place to call home during retirement. Our REALTORS® have the inside scoop on all that awaits you in the Scenic City. 

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January
9

6 Reasons Why Chattanooga is One of America's Best Places to Live

Chattanooga America's Great Cities

Chattanooga is gaining a reputation as one of America's great up-and-coming cities, and it's not hard to see why. With an agreeable climate, low cost of living, and an abundance of outdoor recreation right in your backyard, it has a lot going for it. But before you make the leap, our REALTORS® want to make sure you have all the facts.

There are certain steps you should take before moving to any new city, and Chattanooga is no exception. Be sure to follow this Chattanooga relocation guide as you prepare to move to one of our country's hidden gems and don't browse our listing of Chattanooga homes for sale

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January
2

Chattanooga  City Aerial
Chattanooga is a city that is welcoming to all with a relaxed vibe, a healthy economy, and fun activities for residents of all ages. The Scenic City attracts a diverse group of residents while quickly becoming one of the most popular spots in the South for Millennials in their 20s and 30s to settle down long-term. So many residents visit the city first on a trip or simply while passing through, and quickly decide that there's no place else they'd rather live. Our REALTORS® have all the details on why Chattanooga has become a Millennial Magnet, and what it means for life in the city.

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December
27

Chattanooga New Year's Eve
We're about to close the books on another great year in Chattanooga, but there's still plenty of time left to squeeze a few more memories out of 2017. As always, New Year's Eve will be a big night in the city, and Chattanooga homes for sale put you in the best position to enjoy all of the excitement. There are events geared toward every member of the family, and a party to suit every taste. Our REALTORS® have the details on some of the most exciting events coming to Chattanooga for New Year's Eve 2017.

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December
11

Chattanooga Restaurant - STIR
Chattanooga is an innovative, artistic, and unique city, so it's no surprise that one of our city's most popular restaurants exemplifies those same core qualities. If you've been feeling a "stir" in Chattanooga lately, you're certainly not alone.

STIR is one of the city's premier dining destinations, and as the name implies it is also a great place to enjoy a craft cocktail. Show up for delicious, light food and cheap cocktails during happy hour, or enjoy a full meal in a beautiful, historic location. Our REALTORS® love getting out to explore the flavors of Chattanooga, and we've got all the juicy details on what to expect from an evening at STIR.

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November
27

Ruby Falls Castle
Ever wonder what it would be like to travel through a secret passageway, and emerge in a spectacular holiday wonderland? Every year, the team at Ruby Falls transforms the caverns into an underground ode to everything that makes the holidays in Chattanooga, TN so special. Ruby Falls Christmas Underground is one of the most popular events in the city, and one more reason why Chattanooga homes for sale are so hot during the holidays. Our REALTORS® have all of the details about this one-of-a-kind holiday event. 

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November
20

Chattanooga Tennessee Aquarium Holiday Peaks
Ever wonder how Santa would handle the holidays if he had to deliver presents under the sea? Find out at the Tennessee Aquarium during Holidays Under the Peaks! Every holiday season, the Tennessee Aquarium transforms into a winter wonderland with special holiday events, fun activities, loads to learn, and festivities for the whole family to enjoy. The fun is in full force and continues through to the end of the year. Our REALTORS® are here to share all the fun details of Holidays Under the Peaks at the Tennessee Aquarium.

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November
13

Chattanooga Families Celebrate Christmas with a Train Ride on the North Pole Limited

Chattanooga North Pole Limited Train
It's almost time for another Tennessee Christmas and local Chattanoogans are preparing for a holiday season filled with festivals, delicious dining, visits with Santa, shopping and live music and entertainment.

However, if this is your first holiday season living in Chattanooga, you may not know which attractions to take in first. So, our REALTORS® have made a list—and, yes we've checked it twice—of all those things that make a Chattanooga Christmas so very nice.  Let's get started with a magical journey to the North Pole.

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November
6

Buy a Home in Chattanooga
If you're searching for the perfect home, don't abandon your quest during the holidays. While other home buyers are busy with food, relatives, and shopping, you can have access to exciting seasonal house-hunting benefits.

Of course, you don't want to give up your family fun to spend time with strangers, but why not compromise? Celebrate your holiday traditions, but add a few house hunting activities to your schedule. Review online listings. Attend open houses. Schedule tours of homes in Chattanooga. Keep the home search going and you might be celebrating a home closing by year's end.

Our REALTORS® understand that it takes something special to pry you away from your holiday enjoyment. To motivate you, we offer these five reasons to buy a home during the holidays.

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November
2

Chattanooga Dining - Tupelo Honey Cafe
One of the first perks you'll notice when you move to Chattanooga, Tennessee is that there are so many great places in the city to grab a meal, enjoy a drink, and share a conversation with friends.      

The Tupelo Honey Cafe continues that long tradition of excellent dining with a traditional, Southern menu, an inviting atmosphere, friendly service, and a fully stocked bar with a creative menu of craft cocktails. Our Chattanooga REALTORS® love exploring all that the city has to offer, and we've got a full report on one of Chattanooga's most delicious dining destinations.

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October
23

Chattanooga Tennessee Aquarium Cruise
One of the things we Chattanoogans look forward to all year long is the arrival of fall. As the leaves turn, there is a joy to be found in a side of nature that many people throughout the country never even get to glimpse. 

Chattanooga's fall colors are so breathtaking that it has given rise to a tradition of fall color cruises. These cruises give you the unique chance to witness the fall foliage as you cruise one of Tennessee's beautiful waterways – including the legendary Tennessee River itself.

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October
16

Caring for Your Chattanooga Home
Fall is a lovely time to spend time outdoors enjoying the beautiful Tennessee scenery, but those leaves will eventually fall and many of them will find their way into your gutters.

Maintaining your gutters is a very important habit for homeowners because it can help prevent potentially costly home maintenance issues. So while it may not be as enjoyable as scoping out Chattanooga's fall scenery, scooping out your gutters is a habit that's worth developing to protect your biggest investment. Our Chattanooga REALTORS® have created this guide to help you clean your gutters this fall.

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October
9

Alleia Restaurant for Something Truly Special

Chattanooga - Alleia Restaurant
If you're relocating to Chattanooga, you probably 
have questions about some of the best places in town to dine, shop or grab a cocktail. Since Fletcher Bright Realty is located in Chattanooga, we can attest our community is booming with dining options from local, off the beaten path spots to exceptional, fine dining experiences.

When it comes to great restaurants, Chattanooga's residents are absolutely spoiled for choice. It's hard to pick a favorite, but if you're just getting acquainted with Chattanooga's vibrant culinary scene, there's no better place to start than Alleia Restaurant.

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September
27

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival 2017
Bluegrass, great food, family fun, and a celebration of all things Chattanooga make our community a special place to call home. Our Chattanooga REALTORS® are very excited to tell you about one of our favorite local events, which holds a special place in the hearts of the Fletcher Bright team. The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival returns to Chattanooga, TN on October 6, 2017, and features free fun for every member of the family. The biggest names in bluegrass grace our stages every year, and this year's festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.

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September
18

Chattanooga Fall Festivals
Homes in Chattanooga
have easy access to art galleries, parks, unique shopping experiences, and seasonal celebrations. As real estate agents in Chattanooga, we know that the excitement stretches beyond the city limits.  Rock City Rocktoberfest and Blowing Springs Farm Fall Festival are two local favorites. Both offer a renewed sense of excitement as the seasons change. 

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September
5

Making It Easier to Call Chattanooga Home

Chattanooga Relocation Guide
If you're relocating to Chattanooga, our real estate agents are ready to introduce you to our awesome city. Chattanooga is a small town with a multicultural demographic and big-city style. Chattanooga is a wonderful place to call home and we offer relocation services to help you make it happen.

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August
28

Chatanooga Neighborhoods
Have you been thinking about buying a home in Chattanooga? Anyone relocating here should take time to find out about our many wonderful neighborhoods.

Chattanooga is full of interesting sights – from the world's longest pedestrian bridge to the nation's largest military park – and it can take time to uncover all that it has to offer. With this peek into three of the most sought-after Chattanooga neighborhoods, you'll have a head start.  Let's take a look at Signal Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Riverview. 

Chattanooga Neighborhoods

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August
15

Why Getting Pre-approved for a Mortgage Matters

Why Pre-Approval is Important
Buying a home means facing a list of unavoidable tasks like inspections, closing procedures, packing and, unless you're one of the very few who have enough money to purchase a home with cash, getting a mortgage approved. Our agents at Fletcher Bright Realty explain why you may be asked if you've completed one of these tasks ahead of time, by getting your mortgage pre-approved.

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August
7

Moving on a Budget
Moving can be stressful and expensive--especially if you're making a big move across the country. If you're relocating to Chattanooga, these money-saving tips from our experienced real estate agents can help you. 

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July
25

What to Do When Your Offer to Buy a Home is Rejected

Home Offer Rejected

You found your dream home and made an offer, but your agent just called with the bad news: offer rejected. What to do next? If your purchase offer was just rejected, it might not be too late to try renegotiating, so don't walk away without more information. Either way, it's important to turn this into a learning opportunity, because you'll probably be bidding on multiple homes in Chattanooga. Take these steps to make the most of your first failed bid.

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June
19

Chickamauga &  Chattanooga Militari Park
Our team of real estate agents is committed to not only finding your perfect home, but providing a helpful guide to Chattanooga fun and festivities that your entire family will love. When you're looking for things to do in the Chattanooga area, be sure to check out Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

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June
12

Riverbend Festival
Whether you're new to Chattanooga, a long-time resident or just stopping by for a visit, the Riverbend Festival is one Chattanooga event that you definitely won't want to miss. It runs every year around the start of the summer, and this year's festival is going to be bigger and better than ever. That's because this year marks the 35th anniversary of the first Riverbend Festival, which started small and grew into the beloved event that we enjoy today. Our real estate agents have done the research and we've got all the details on what to expect from this year's Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN.

Riverbend Festival Chattanooga

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June
8

Take a Summertime Cruise on Chattanooga's Southern Belle

Chattanooga's Southern Belle Riverboat

As summer arrives in Chattanooga, residents of all ages and backgrounds are flocking to bodies of water for seasonal fun. One of our favorite summer pastimes takes place on the Tennessee River too, but it won't get you wet. Instead, it will transport you back in time to the 1800's, when southerners dined, danced, and took in the views aboard elegant, multi-story riverboats. The Southern Belle Riverboat, our #1 pick for summer date nights, is one of the best ways to see Chattanooga and the scenic river that winds through it.

Southern Belle Riverboat

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May
30

Chattanooga Parks - Coolidge Park
Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in Tennessee. Made up of a diverse group of residents, the area consists of 49 distinct neighborhoods. In addition to racial diversity, the economy of Chattanooga is well-balanced between white and blue collar jobs as well as displaying a widespread scale of income.

And while these differences may be distinct, there's one thing all the residents share in common - the love of a Saturday afternoon at one of Chattanooga's many city parks.

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May
1

Family Fun at Chattanooga's Tennessee Aquarium & Aquarium Plaza

Take the Kids to the Tennessee Aquarium

If you're relocating to Chattanooga with your children, one of the first local attractions for you to visit is the Tennessee Aquarium. Regularly rated as one of the top in the state, the Tennessee Aquarium and the activities around Aquarium Plaza are some of the best in the area. This is a must-see local attraction and our Chattanooga REALTORS® wanted to make sure you didn't miss it.

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April
17

Find Your New Chattanooga Home on a Bike 

Bike Chattanooga
One of the best things about living in Chattanooga, TN is that every neighborhood has its own flavor and you can explore every corner of the city without ever getting behind the wheel of your car. The Chattanooga Bike-Share Program makes it easy (and cheap!) to travel by two wheels as you explore everything that the city has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy the culture of the MLK District, the quaint shops of the Northshore or the spectacular sights of the Riverfront District, there's simply something special about traveling around Chattanooga with the wind in your hair.

Chattanooga Bike Share Program

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April
3

Downtown Chattanooga's Coolidge Park: the Perfect Place for Horsing Around

Chattanooga Coolidge Park

Coolidge Park, located on Chattanooga's Northshore waterfront, has long been known as a place for "Horsing Around" in the city's downtown area.  Kids--of all ages--can be seen playing in the park's interactive water fountain, chasing each other across the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge (the world's largest pedestrian bridge) or taking a ride on the 100-year old, Dentzel carousel located in Coolidge Park.

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March
21

Buying a Home in Chattanooga's MLK District

Chattanooga's MLK District

One of the best things about buying a house in Chattanooga, TN is that each neighborhood has its own personality and feel. The city is still very connected, but every neighborhood is its own unique experience. The MLK District is one of Chattanooga's most well-established neighborhoods and is a very popular home for young professionals, families, and students of the city's excellent universities. Historic homes line the streets of Chattanooga's MLK District, and there is something interesting to do waiting around every corner of the neighborhood.

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March
8

Southside's Revitalization Tells a New Story

The Southside District Chattanooga

As you walk through the streets of our downtown, most native Chattanoogans can tell you stories about the city and its many neighborhoods.  From the Bluff View Art District to Northshore and City Center, each has its own Cinderella story.  Chattanooga's Southside District is no different. 

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October
18

Finding the Pefect Condo in Chattanooga for You

Chattanooga Condo for Sale

Buying a condo in a city like Chattanooga offers you plenty of conveniences not easily found in other communities—like access to downtown restaurants, shopping and entertainment.  However, if you are interested in buying a Chattanooga condo, you should know that part of picking out the perfect living space is asking the right questions. Our REALTORS® in Chattanooga know exactly which questions to ask to uncover information that shapes your condo buying decision. Let's take a look at some of the best questions to ask before making a commitment to a condo.

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October
10

Why You'll Love Living in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Best Place to Buy a Home

Are you considering buying a house in Chattanooga? At Fletcher Bright Realty, our Chattanooga REALTORS® know first-hand why our city is the best place to live, and we're sure you'll love living here too. We've put our heads together and created this list of 10 reasons why Chattanooga is such a special place to live. 

1. The Tennessee Aquarium

From electric eels to awesome otters, the Tennessee Aquarium is a place to explore everything under the sea, lakes and rivers. It even has a butterfly garden when you want to see some splashes of color above the water. And the aquarium's location on the Tennessee River is next to perfect.

2. Exceptional Dining Scene

From lunch on the go to a formal dinner date, you'll find that Chattanooga's restaurant offerings will give you exactly what you are looking for. In fact, you can eat around the globe while dining in Chattanooga. Some of the local favorites include Boathouse, Lupi's PizzaUrban Stack, Boccacia and Tremont Tavern. 

3. Big City Feel in a Smaller Size

Chattanooga offers all of the amenities you need for a comfortable lifestyle without the cumbersome features of a big city--like traffic and frenzied people rushing back and forth. It's friendly and slow-paced yet sophisticated and loaded with cultural activities. And if you really want the "big city" experience, you're less than two hours from Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham and Knoxville

4. World's Fastest Internet

Chattanooga is notable for being the first city on the globe to offer city-wide 10-gig Internet. This makes it a tech-friendly place to live.

5. Low Cost of Living

The cost of rent for commercial space and the price of Chattanooga homes for sale are significantly lower than other cities in the area. You don't have to have millions to live comfortably in Chattanooga.

6. Breathtaking Scenery

With the exception of central China, Chattanooga has more tree and wildflower varieties than anywhere else. The city's also close to many lakes and rivers, which means the scenery around the city is truly splendid. Take a boat out on the river to get another perspective of just how beautiful Chattanooga really is.

7. Up and Coming City

Outside Magazine named Chattanooga one of the Best Towns in America. Chattanooga was also the first mid-sized city to create its own district specifically dedicated to advancing innovative workplaces. The Innovation District is bringing many new companies and jobs to Chattanooga. It truly is an "up and coming" community.

8. Kind, Welcoming People

Chattanooga embraces southern hospitality. Everywhere you look, you'll be greeted with a smile and a friendly handshake. The people here are simply pleasant to be around, and you'll find them to be great neighbors.

9. Ideal Weather

Sure, it will rain from time to time, but the climate in Chattanooga is mild. You will have four distinct seasons, but the weather is rarely too cold or too hot.

10. Easy Access

Chattanooga offers easy access to the city and its amenities, which you can reach from I-75. Once in the city, take the CARTA Downtown Electric Shuttle for free or take advantage of the Bike Chattanooga bike share program to get around town without spending a fortune or messing with your car.

Contact Fletcher Bright Realty

Have these 10 facts piqued your interest about buying a home in Chattanooga? Contact our team at Fletcher Bright Realty to start your Chattanooga home search today.

September
28

Chatanooga Fall Things to Do

Chattanooga is a beautiful city to live throughout the year, but there's just something special about the fall season. If you're considering buying a home in Chattanooga, you'll most likely want to know where to go to enjoy the best local spots to check out all of the stunning scenery.  The most vibrant colors tend to peak around mid-to-late October, and this year's display is expected to be just as gorgeous as ever. The waterways and mountainous terrain around Chattanooga, TN provide the perfect backdrop – and increase your options for how to peep the best fall foliage.

Our team at Fletcher-Bright Realty loves taking in the sights of Chattanooga, and we've put together a guide to help you find the best fall colors around the city.

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September
26

Join Chattanooga Locals for the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival on September 30 - October 1 

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

At Fletcher Bright Realty, we take our commitment to the places where we do business seriously. Sometimes, the best way to show that commitment is to have a bit of fun with our neighbors. With the leaves beginning to change and the temperatures dropping, it is once again time to enjoy the wonderful sounds of the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival. Great music, fantastic food, and a few thousand of your closest friends...What could be better?

Our team at Fletcher Bright Realty is proud to promote the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Music Festival, and we've got the inside scoop on why this year's festival is going to be the best event yet.

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