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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. 

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
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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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
9

Cluttered Closet

Clutter has a way of accumulating, even if you work to keep it at bay. Certain areas of your home tend to hide clutter, so you'll need to make sure you address these areas if you want to cut down on the chaos.
  
Our real estate agents point out the following spots where clutter could be hiding in your home and how to tackle this clutter once and for all.

  1. Entryway
    As your guests walk into your home, the first thing they might see is an area cluttered with backpacks, shoes, umbrellas, and more. The entryway, since it becomes a dumping zone for the entire family as they come home, can quickly become messy. So it's best to utilize the space well with hooks, storage bins, and a shoe cubby. Adding a bench with storage underneath can also provide a spot to take your shoes on and off and a spot to stash them in an organized way.
      
  2. Entertainment center  
    Your entertainment center is easy to overlook when you're decluttering, but it often harbors items you haven't used in years. Its drawers and shelves can hold old cables that are no longer needed, old gaming systems that no one has used in years, and a collection of remotes for old televisions and other electronics. Clear your space so it holds just what you need for your television and other electronics, and be sure to dust shelves, wires, and devices thoroughly.
      
  3. Underneath the bathroom cabinets
    You probably add items to the clutter underneath your bathroom cabinets, but if you're like most people, you rarely do a thorough purging. Go through the area and get rid of old items that are never used or haven't been used in years.
      
  4. Linen closet  
    A linen closet should contain two sets of sheets for every bed in your home, as well as blankets and pillows that are good to use. Go through your closet and get rid of old mismatched sheets and blankets that have seen better days. Animal shelters can often use these items, but call and make sure first before making a trip.
      
  5. Jewelry box     
    Go through your jewelry box and keep what you actually wear and what has sentimental value. Other items can be sold, donated, or given to a friend or relative who will wear them.
      
  6. Garage   
    Garages seem to be magnets for clutter – so much so that many homeowners can't even park their cars inside anymore. Especially if you don't have a basement or attic, your garage can quickly be filled with various items that have been haphazardly placed there. Invest in some overhead storage bins and other storage for items like athletic equipment and seasonal items.
      
  7. Pantry   
    Grocery items can easily get pushed to the back of your pantry as you buy new ones, and the area can quickly become disorganized and filled with plenty of items that are out of date. Clean it out completely and toss what won't be used. 

When it comes to preparing your home for the market, tackling clutter is a must! Contact us at Fletcher Bright Realty to find out more about Chattanooga homes for sale. Whether you'd like a larger home with more storage, a first-time homebuyer, or are downsizing offer retirement, we can help you find what you need and love! 

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
21

Home Inspection

No matter how carefully you examine a home during an open house or private viewing, there will be aspects of a home that a professional home inspector will be needed to identify. While a home inspection isn't always mandatory, getting a home professionally inspected will help you determine whether the house you have your eye on is truly ready for you to move in. 

Home inspectors must be licensed in Tennessee and in many other states. It takes specialized training to identify various home building materials, learn current building codes, and spot specific signs of damage or deterioration. Our real estate agents want you to know what to expect when home inspectors are looking at Chattanooga homes for sale

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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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August
4

Parks in Chattanooga

Whether you're paging through a well-worn hard copy with notes in the margins or pulling up the latest release on your smartphone, there's still nothing like finding a quiet, peaceful place to enjoy your favorite books. National Book Lovers Day, which takes place every year on August 9th, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your love of reading, and our real estate agents are happy to report that there are plenty of great places around Chattanooga to enjoy a day of reading outdoors. Get to know 5 beautiful local spots, with our guide to some of the best parks for reading near Chattanooga.

  1. Coolidge Park – 150 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

    Located downtown with easy access from Chattanooga homes for sale, you'll find that Coolidge Park has everything you need for a relaxing day of reading or an afternoon of family fun. Coolidge Park is home to a lovingly restored historic carousel, with hand-carved animals created by a team of local artisans. There's tons of open space in the park so that you can find a quiet place to read, along with a host of activities and a busy schedule of special events to enjoy when you're done reading.

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July
13

Chattanooga Farmers Markets

Are you tired of the same old freezer food? Freshen up your plate with local produce from Chattanooga area farmers markets! Farmers markets across the region are opening back up to the public, and our real estate agents are excited to fill our pantries with the wonderful taste of Tennessee. If you're ready to get back to healthy eating, we suggest stopping by one of these fantastic farmers markets full of locally grown foods!

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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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July
6

Kitchen Home Improvement

Updating a kitchen has always been one of the best methods to add value to a home and help attract potential buyers. But it doesn't have to cost a fortune! There are many easy, affordable home improvements that can breathe new life into this space. Our real estate agents provide the following ideas that will help you refresh your kitchen even on a strict budget.

  1. Give Your Floor New Life
    Instead of replacing your old wood floors, just refinish them using polyurethane-based porch and floor enamel. If your kitchen has a layer of old vinyl flooring, it could be worth pulling it up to see what's underneath. Sometimes, buried under old vinyl are good hardwood floors that only need to be refinished. 
  2. Jazz Things Up With Fresh Paint
    Wall paint is an easy way to make a huge, sweeping change to the kitchen without breaking the bank. Giving the walls, ceiling, and trim a couple of coats of bright, neutral tones or white can instantly reinvigorate even the most tired of spaces. 
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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
16

Transplanting During the Summer

Although it's best to transplant plants when they're just getting green in early spring or dormant in fall and winter, sometimes moving a plant in the summer must be done. Regardless of the type of plant you're moving, it's important to make sure you follow specific steps to achieve the best results. Our real estate agents advise clients with Chattanooga homes for sale on how to get their yards in tip-top shape for showing. They share some transplanting tips that can set you up for success.  

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May
26

Moving to a New State

There are plenty of things to think about when you are buying Chattanooga homes for sale. Especially, if you are planning a move from a different state! From the logistics of the move to setting up new utilities when you arrive, the following are some considerations you will want to stay on top of when moving across state lines.

  1. Cost of Living
    Make sure you know how much it costs to live in your new community so you can budget accordingly. If possible, make a trip to the grocery store, take a look at gas prices, and investigate state, local, and federal tax rates. 
  2. Access and Quality of Healthcare 
    Are there good hospitals, physicians, and dentists in the area? While you may not need a doctor today, you want to make sure one's available tomorrow if you do. Make sure to do your research online. 
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May
18

Dream Home

You've done your homework. You've been pre-approved. Now, you want to be one of this year's 5 million homebuyers. Finding your dream home takes patience, research, and a little luck. Whether you buy the first or 50th home you view, use the list below crafted by our REALTORS® to help determine that the search is over, and you've found the home of your dreams.

  1. The House Matches Your Checklist
    Before starting your search, you probably made a personal checklist of your dream home. Depending on your lifestyle, the list may include the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen area, home office, and backyard space. The house matches everything (or almost everything) that is on your list.
  2. An Instant Feeling of Home
    After viewing numerous houses, you realize this is the only one that embraces the feeling of being home. Using your intuition is essential in finding the right home for you. Do you get the overall sense you are home? Then, the house is the one for you. 
  3. Fits Your Budget
    Remember to stay within your budget! No matter the number of other listings in your budget, you keep returning to one particular home that stands out. 
  4. Right Location
    The location of the house is perfect for you. When looking at homes, the community is always a priority. The house matches your needs for commutes, public transportation, or neighborhood activities.
  5. You Are Already Decorating Inside and Out
    Before placing an offer, you are already decorating the home. The empty walls are calling for new paint and customized décor. Each room comes alive in your mind with the arrangement of furniture and other details. Starting with the interior design to the outdoor landscape, you can view the home's entire appearance.
  6. You Find the Minor Flaws Endearing
    Is the second bathroom smaller than you wanted? Or does the kitchen need upgrading? Every house on the market will have its own set of minor flaws. If you are willing to overlook the little imperfections and instead are thinking of opportunities for improvement, the home is a match. 
  7. You Share Your Excitement for the House
    The excitement you have cannot be contained! You immediately begin sharing all the amenities of the home with your family and friends.
  8. You Cannot Wait to Entertain
    When you stand in the middle of the house, you immediately envision future events. You can easily see birthday parties, holidays, or family gatherings in the home. The idea of bringing friends and family into this particular house is a good sign.
  9. You No Longer Want to Look at Other Houses
    When the desire to look at other houses is gone, it's a pretty good sign the search is over!

The ongoing search for your dream home can be both exciting and frustrating. Need some help with your search? Our team can tell you more about Chattanooga homes for sale! Contact us today.  

May
12

Kids Activities

"There's nothing to do!" How many times a day do you hear that refrain from your kids? TV and online activities are fine in small doses, but they shouldn't be a constant source of entertainment.

Our real estate agents share some of their favorite screen-free ways to entertain their kids. You might even find a new activity you enjoy!

  1. Solve Puzzles
    The word "puzzles" covers a wide variety of formats. Jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, and sudoku are just a few of the available types, offering something for everyone's particular interests. As a bonus, puzzles are great tools for teaching logic and problem-solving skills.

  2. Learn to Cook
    Now that families have more opportunities to share mealtimes, why not go the next step and prepare the meals together? Start by having the kids assist with basic tasks like measuring ingredients and work your way up based on their aptitude.

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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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April
13

Chattanooga GardensWith Chattanooga families sheltering in place, gardening is a great activity to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving your home. For those new to the hobby, there are many plants that thrive in our corner of Tennessee. Choosing plants that thrive locally will increase your chances of having a successful garden.

Our REALTORS® suggest the following eight plants that are perfect for the Chattanooga area:

  1. Purple Coneflower
    Purple coneflowers are daisy-shaped flowers that are often purple, pink, or white, although they can come in other colors as well. Their blooms can be as large as six feet across, and the plant's stalks can grow to five feet tall, usually staying upright without staking. Plus, this plant is sure to attract birds and butterflies to your Chattanooga garden. 

  2. Star of Toscane
    This perennial vine is a more cold-tolerant version of climbing or spreading star jasmine. It has glossy green leaves and fragrant white blooms with gold centers. If you need a mixed border or groundcover, Star of Toscane will perform well in these areas. It also looks beautiful supported in an arbor, fence, or trellis. 

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April
6

Moving with Pets

Moving is a stressful experience, and it's even more so when you have pets. You have the added responsibility of looking out for their well-being, managing their anxiety, and making sure they settle happily into their new home.

Our REALTORS® suggest the following 7 tips for moving with pets:

  1. Check Rules and Regulations for Your New Home
    Counties, cities, and states have rules and regulations that govern pet ownership. You'll need to bring documentation showing that your pet has been vaccinated and check to see whether your pet needs to be licensed in your new home. You'll also need to know about any other applicable laws, such as leash laws, that will apply to your pet.

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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
9

Spring Home

Springtime is right around the corner, and that means it's almost peak home-buying season. If you've been thinking about adding your house to the inventory of Chattanooga homes for sale, it's a great time to do it. 

Our real estate agents have been talking to many local homeowners who are ready to take advantage of the spring market. We're anticipating a hectic season, which means you'll need to put some effort into making sure your home stands out from the crowd. Luckily, it's easy to do! These four tips will help put you at an advantage when springtime buyers come to call. 

  1. Start with Spring Cleaning
    Before you start showing your home, go out of your way to make sure it's pristine. A top-to-bottom deep cleaning will ensure that your home makes an excellent first impression. In addition to basic cleaning, you'll want to do things like:

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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
10

Chattanooga Brunch

There's never a shortage of delicious dining options in the Chattanooga area, even in the early morning! There are plenty of brunch locations serving up fluffy biscuits and bubbly mimosas to start out your morning in Chattanooga. When you can't decide if you want breakfast or lunch, head to these great brunch spots near Chattanooga homes for sale.

  1. Bluegrass Grill - 55 E. Main St., Chattanooga 37408
    Classic, filling meat and potato dishes are elevated to a new level at Bluegrass Grill. Their signature home fries, boiled red potatoes sautéed in garlic and onion, are available as a side or as the base of entrées topped with ingredients such as gyro meat, feta, mozzarella, and tomato. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday.

  2. Milk & Honey - 135 N. Market St., Chattanooga 37405
    The menu at Milk & Honey is as comforting as its name. Get creative with breakfast sandwiches like Tennessee applewood ham, Granny Smith apple, yellow cheddar and honey mustard on ciabatta bread? Lighter options include superfood bowls with ingredients such as quinoa, kale, and avocado. Starting at $6, you can build your own breakfast with endless combinations of bread, meat, eggs, cheese, spreads, and toppings. Milk & Honey is open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., and breakfast is served all day.

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January
27

Sell Your Home in the Winter

Our real estate agents have experience helping sellers during every season in Chattanooga. Sure, the market slows down a bit when the temperature drops, but that doesn't mean you can't sell your home! Our team compiled the following pointers on how to sell your home during the chilly winter months.

  • Spruce up Your Landscaping
    You won't be able to have the beauty and impact of spring flowers, but there are still things you can do to spruce up your landscaping. Keep bushes neatly trimmed, edge your garden beds, and make sure your flower beds have fresh mulch. You can also add some color to your winter home by putting some evergreens in pots on your porch.

  • Make Your Home Warm and Cozy
    During cold weather, you may be tempted to save some money by not running your heater. But the last thing you want to create is an atmosphere in which uncomfortable prospective buyers are eager to leave your home. Instead, make sure your home is warm and cozy, so buyers are comfortable and assured that your heater – a high-cost item – is in working order.

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January
20

Chocolate Cake in Chattanooga

Are you ready to enjoy the sweetest holiday of the year? Every year on January 27, cake lovers around the country celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day, and there are a ton of great local bakeries around Chattanooga where you can find the perfect treat for this special day.

Whether you're looking for a classic recipe or something you've never tried before, Chattanooga has a bakery that's sure to satisfy your craving. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on where to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day in Chattanooga this year.

  • Chatta-Cakes Bakery – 5143 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN 37343
    Searching for something sweet close to Hixson homes for sale? Head to Chatta-Cakes Bakery, where you can pick up a custom cake or grab one of the many delicious items on the daily menu. The menu features full-size chocolate cakes, along with mini-cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate-covered confections, all prepared by hand.

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January
13

Staging Your Home

Kids can add a hurdle to your home staging and selling goals. They naturally want to play with their toys and can easily make a mess, so you may struggle to keep your home ready to show to prospective buyers at a moment's notice. 

Our real estate agents suggest the following tips for staging and selling your home when you have kids.

  1. Depersonalize
    You'll want prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, but that may not be possible if your kids' photos, drawings, and school papers are displayed throughout the house. Put the majority of these items away so that a buyer – especially one who doesn't have kids – can picture your home as their own.

  2. Prioritize Your Kids' Toys
    If your kids have every toy they own available to them, you'll fight a daily battle to have them put away. Go through their collection and throw out the ones that are broken and donate toys that they've outgrown. Take out just a few favorite toys for your kids to play with and put away the rest. If you need to, rotate them occasionally, but don't have too many out at once.

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January
6

Hobbies in Chattanooga

2020 is finally here, and our real estate agents encourage you to make a resolution to get engaged with a new hobby. From art and dance lessons to health and wellness classes, here are five hobbies to try out in Chattanooga that'll keep you busy all year long!

  1. Art Creations — 201 Frasier Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405
    Unleash your creative side at Art Creations. They've got all of the arts and graphic supplies you need to create and frame your work. If you'd like to hone your skill or learn new techniques, sign up for their art classes or workshops throughout the year. Get your kids involved in one of Art Creations' summer camps or grab your friends for a private paint party!

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December
23

Energy Efficiency 2020

Fletcher Bright Realty is always looking for ways for buyers to get the most from their homes. 

Our REALTORS® note an important rising trend in the area: Energy-efficient homes.

Energy efficiency helps homeowners in more ways than one. First, it lowers the long-term cost of ownership. Efficient upgrades can cut hundreds or even thousands of annual utility and repair bills. They also make the home easier to sell and stand out among other Chattanooga homes for sale.

2020 is just around the corner. Now that we're living in the future, it's the perfect time to look for new ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Whether you're doing it for yourself or preparing for a sale, it's sure to pay off.

Let's look at some of the best improvements:

  1. Install Energy-Efficient Roofing
    Pound for pound, energy-efficient roofing is perhaps the most effective environment-friendly update you can make. Metal roofing reflects a large amount of heat, making it easier to stay cool in summer or warm in winter with less expenditure. An alternative is "cool roof" shingles, which maintain a classic shingle roof but uses specialized reflective granules.

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December
16

Saving Money During Holidays

The holiday season is often a busy time of the year — especially when you're planning on moving into one of our Chattanooga homes for sale. Whether you're trying to save up for a down payment or tightening up your budget in anticipation of moving, our REALTORS® have gathered money-saving tips that keep your holidays stress-free!

  1. Know Your Finances
    Before you spend or save, you need to be aware of your current financial position. Determine your monthly income and expenditure average, taking into account consistent bills like utilities and grocery expenses. Next, determine how much you'll estimate needing for your down payment or to facilitate relocation. Once you have solid numbers to work with, you can begin planning.

  2. Set a Budget
    A firm budget will be a good friend to you not only during the home buying process but throughout the rest of the year as well. It's especially important to maintain a strict budget when buying a home or moving during the holidays, as it's easy to exceed your budget when purchasing holiday gifts.

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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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December
3

Chattanooga Holiday Events

The holiday season is a time to make special memories with your family and friends. Our REALTORS® love the exciting festivities that bring joy to Chattanooga each year. Here are a few of the most anticipated family-friendly events that'll brighten up your holiday season!

  1. 2nd Annual Chattanooga Home for the Holidays Expo — Chattanooga Convention Center 1 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402 | Dec 15
    Looking for the perfect gift for the special people in your life? Then head down to the convention center for the 2nd Annual Chattanooga Home for the Holidays Expo. Nearly 50 unique vendors will bring out their finest inventory to help you shop for a few last-minute gifts. This event is free to attend, so be sure to save a few hours for gift-hunting after viewing a few Chattanooga homes for sale.

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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
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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October
7

Family Events Chattanooga

Some of our favorite events of the year are coming up this October, and our REALTORS® are excited to share the events you shouldn't miss. If you're in town looking for Chattanooga homes for sale, be sure to check out some of these amazing October events in the Chattanooga area!

  1. 2019 Fall Festival - 400 Garden Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419
    Offering a chance to reconnect with nature and experience all the charms of the season, the 2019 Fall Festival at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center returns over two consecutive weekends this October. Stop in on October 26 for Pumpkin Painting and Family Fun Day, which includes live music, family activities, games and pumpkin painting activities. Check back in on November 3 for the evening Fall Festival & Family Night, with hayrides, backyard movies, a spooky storytelling canoe trip, and an owl prowl. 

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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
19

Improve Credit Score
So you're itching to get started shopping Chattanooga homes for sale to become a homeowner, but you'll need a mortgage loan to realize that goal. Given that fact, you'll certainly want to get your credit report in shape to ensure that you can get approved for that loan – and that you can get the best possible interest rate on it when you do. So how does an aspiring homeowner go about raising their credit score? Here are tips that can help:

  1. Check your credit report for errors
    Your credit reports are documents that detail your track record with credit, outlining factors that include how much debt you're holding in relation to your income and how responsible you have been in paying off that debt. There will be three major reports detailing your credit history, held by three major credit bureaus; Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. While these bureaus know their business, they rely on information collected from your creditors to compile their reports, and errors are fairly common. For that reason, getting copies of your reports from all three companies and examining them for errors is an important first step if you're working to raise your credit score. If any of your reports do contain errors, contacting the credit bureaus to get them corrected is your next step.

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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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August
5

Hold a Garage Sale to Declutter Before Listing

Clear Clutter and Make Some Cash with a Garage Sale

Our REALTORS® always recommend doing a good decluttering before putting your home up for sale. If you've been putting it off, now's the time! National Garage Sale Day is the second Saturday in August, and it's a wonderful excuse to declutter your home and get it ready to be one of the next Chattanooga homes for sale.

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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
22

Chattanooga Girlfriends Day

There are few better ways to celebrate National Girlfriends' Day than planning a fun adventure with your best friends. Whether you're in the area looking at Chattanooga homes for sale or you're lucky enough to already live here, you'll find there's no shortage of great things to do during a girls' weekend. 

To help make sure you enjoy every minute of your time together, our real estate agents have created a list of six spots you'll want to include in your weekend itinerary. 

  1. The Flying Squirrel - 55 Johnson St., Chattanooga, TN 37408
    Whether you're kicking off your Sunday with an amazing bottomless brunch or grabbing a cocktail after your day of adventures, you'll definitely want to make a stop (or two) at The Flying Squirrel. This trendy restaurant and bar has a cool vibe, an eclectic menu, and plenty of outdoor seating. Stop by for a craft beer or specialty cocktail or stick around and enjoy a delicious meal. 

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July
15

things to Stop the Sale of Your Chattanooga Home
If your home is not selling as quickly as you imagined, it could be because it has problems that are causing buyers to run in the opposite direction.  Our real estate agents are here with seven things to consider when you're trying to sell your home.

  1. Water/Mold Damage.
    These will show up during a home inspection, and buyers don't want to purchase a property that has leaky roofs or moldy walls. Whether the damage is in the basement, attic, laundry room, you should fix the problem and repair the damage before listing the property.

  2. Radon.
    Radon seeps through the slab. It is invisible and can cause serious health problems. Most homeowners don't realize they could have basements filled with radon. Installing a mitigation system and preventing the intrusion of this radioactive gas is an inexpensive and wise investment.

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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
17

Sell Vacant Home
When selling a home, the preferred procedure is timing the sale so you can move right into your new home without overlap. But sometimes life throws you a curve and job transfers, property inheritance or other situations require you to move before the sale of your home is complete.

Does this sound like you? No need to panic. Our REALTORS® share their best tips and tricks for selling a vacant home quickly and at a top price. 

  1. Spruce Up the Exterior
    Your home may not be occupied, but you don't want it to look abandoned. Make sure the exterior of your home, including the garage and grounds, is in impeccable shape. Have a friend, relative or professional service mow the lawn as needed and remove debris. Piled-up mail and newspapers scream "no one's home," so don't forget to stop or redirect delivery.

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June
10

Chattanooga Restaurant Outside Dining

8 Chattanooga Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

Our REALTORS® love the view here in Chattanooga, and we think you will, too!

The beauty of Chattanooga homes for sale is made even better by the wonderful scenery you can find outdoors. No matter whether you're exploring the heart of the city or walking along the river, Chattanooga combines remarkable natural beauty with its cityscape.

Not surprising that many of the top restaurants in the area offer plenty of outdoor seating for guests. That's especially true of the restaurants that happen to be located on the Riverwalk, the centerpiece of the dining and shopping scene in Chattanooga.

If you're looking for a spot on the patio, don't overlook these options:

  1. Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar – 1459 Riverside Drive Chattanooga, TN 37406
    Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar is one of the best places around for riverside dining. Right on the river, in fact, in a choice location on the historic Riverwalk, it serves up delicacies from the wood-fired grill. It's also one of the busiest oyster bars in the entire United States. The view is great even indoors, but don't forget the outdoor covered patio.
  2. Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria – 212 High Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
    Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria is, as the name suggests, the #1 place in town for hand-made Sicilian dishes. Served in a relaxing and casual setting alongside a full selection of fine wines, the food will tempt your taste buds while your eyes delight to the view. The patio puts you right out in front of a gorgeous stretch of the Tennessee River.

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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
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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April
1

Chattanooga 4 Bridges Arts Festival

Ladies and gentlemen, Chattanooga's favorite arts festival is coming back to town! Our REALTORS® are excited to attend the 4 Bridges Arts Festival once again. The Association for Visual Arts created Chattanooga's premier outdoor cultural event in 2000, and it's been a popular yearly celebration ever since. We invite you to bring your family and friends out to what is sure to be another stunning showcase of visual arts from around the country!

19th Annual 4 Bridges Arts Festival

Where: The First Tennessee Pavilion - 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37408
When: April 12 – 14, 2019

Purchase Your Ticket for the Preview Party

Friday, April 12 | 6:30 PM – 10 PM

Kick off 4BAF 2019 by attending the Preview Party. An evening of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails and wines await you as other art fans from all parts of Tennessee join you in celebrating the visual arts. This lovely party offers a perfect place for guests to mingle and discuss their favorite exhibits from years prior. If you're interested in attending, be sure to purchase your ticket before supplies run out.

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March
25

Sell Your Home Curb Appeal
Selling your home is quite a milestone. While most homeowners devote plenty of time and energy to repainting, remodeling, and making sure the inside is clean and cozy, some sellers overlook one of the most important areas of the home: the exterior.

Before a potential buyer sets foot in the entranceway, they'll already base their first impression of your entire home on how the exterior looks. When it comes to successfully selling your home, curb appeal is key. Our REALTORS® understand how important the appearance and condition of your lawn, driveway, and exterior are to potential buyers and have created this quick list of ways you can use spring curb appeal to sell your home.  

  1. Grow your garden or get rid of it.
    Once winter has passed; make sure that your flower garden is awakening with the spring. Remove plants that will not bloom again and replace them with fresh flowers or shrubs. If you're unable to regularly keep up with the garden's maintenance as you're selling your home, either pay a professional service to care for it or remove it. You can also opt for container gardens instead. These potted plants can be easily purchased and placed around your home and removed when necessary.

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March
18

Chattanooga Zip Line Adventure
If you're in town touring Chattanooga homes for sale, it would be a shame to leave without experiencing some of our world-famous outdoor attractions. From the spectacular summit of Lookout Mountain to the depths of Ruby Falls--America's deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall--Chattanooga is a great place to have the outdoor experience of a lifetime.  

There are a lot of ways to explore the natural world in Chattanooga, but few will get your adrenaline pumping quite like Ruby Falls ZIPStream Aerial Adventure. Visit today, and experience the thrill of soaring high above the scenery at Lookout Mountain!

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March
11

Spring Maintenance Checklist

Springtime in Chattanooga is almost here! That means that it's time to make your way through your annual home maintenance checklist.

Our REALTORS® at Fletcher Bright Realty understand that spring cleaning can be quite the task, especially when you have so many other daily or weekly responsibilities to juggle. To help you complete your chores and keep your home looking and functioning well, we've created this handy checklist that will keep you on task and on target for a clean spring!

Most homeowners like to knock off a few easy projects inside before moving to the exterior. Here is a list of 20 home maintenance tasks that you can complete inside the home:

  1. Go through your cleaning products and verify they're still good to use.
  2. Dust fan blades in each room.
  3. Replace light bulbs that have burnt out.
  4. Clean cabinet tops in the kitchen, dining room and office.
  5. Service your HVAC unit so that you can confirm all components are working properly.

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March
4

Hiking Mullens Cove Chattanooga
Chattanooga is quickly gaining a reputation as one of America's best cities for outdoor adventure. A lot of the folks we meet looking at Chattanooga homes for sale ask us about the best local parks, trails, mountain bike paths, and rock climbing adventures, so we thought we'd take a moment to highlight one of our favorite trails in the area: Mullens Cove Loop. 

Adventure Awaits in Chattanooga

The Mullens Cove Loop meanders through the picturesque landscape of Prentice Cooper State Forest, a wild 25,000-acre slice of paradise just 10 miles from Chattanooga. The forest overlooks the rugged Tennessee River Gorge and provides habitat for a wide range of native plant and animal life, as well as a limitless potential for recreation.

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February
25

Chattanooga Home Winter Weather
Winter brings the chill and can make you want to curl up inside. But nobody wants a sky-high heating bill either. If you've been out walking the dogs, hiking, running errands, or touring Chattanooga homes for sale, these tips will help keep you warm and toasty all season long.

  1. Schedule a tune-up. Before the heating season starts, have an HVAC professional make sure your heating equipment is in good working order. Cleaning, removing fuel deposits and changing filters will reduce inconvenient breakdowns and keep it operating at peak efficiency.

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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
21

Understanding the Mortgage Process
If you are ready to become a first-time homeowner and are itching to get started shopping Chattanooga homes for sale, it is time to learn a few things about how to get the mortgage you need for your purchase. The mortgage process can often be the most complicated part of buying a home, but being well-prepared to tackle it can make things easier and less stressful. Here are some key points to understand the mortgage process:

Preparing Before You Apply is Essential

Having all your ducks in a row before beginning the mortgage process can help ensure that you can make the process work to your best advantage. Here are some important steps to take to get ready to apply for a mortgage:

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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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January
7

Buying a Home in Chattanooga - Fletcher Bright Realty

If you're looking to buy your first home, then look no further than Chattanooga homes for sale. Buying a new home is a big decision, and there's quite a lot to consider – mainly can you afford a new home? If the answer is an unequivocal "yes," then you can afford to buy a home in Chattanooga. Here's how.  

3 Steps for Buying a Home in 2019

  1. Save for Your Down Payment
    Saving for a down payment can be challenging and requires some discipline, but it absolutely can be done. First, it's helpful to know how much you're looking at spending on your home, and that will determine where to start with a down payment.

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December
31

2019 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home
In the spirit of New Years, we have gathered together some resolutions to make your home more inviting, beautiful, and efficient in the upcoming year. If you're searching for Chattanooga homes for sale over the holidays, and you're looking to sell your current home, keep these ideas in mind.

Here are our top tips for home improvement resolutions for 2019 and how to accomplish them:

  1. Clear the clutter
    Every year we all acquire stuff that collects around the home. Resolve to do some regular purging of closets, cabinets, and drawers. You don't need to do this all in January; you can take it one day at a time, month-by-month.

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December
17

Chattanooga Area Activities - Fletcher Bright Realty

Our REALTORS® know all about Chattanooga neighborhoods and what makes them great places to live. Of course, you'll want to know where all the fun is in your new neighborhood, too. The winters here in Chattanooga are pretty mild, which means you still have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. But don't worry if the weather does get colder, or you would rather stay indoors, there's still plenty to do. Here are some of the best ideas to keep you busy this winter.

  1. Head Under Water - Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
    The nationally acclaimed Tennessee Aquarium features two buildings of river and ocean habitats with plants and animals native to the area and from all over the world. Connect with nature, watch the penguins and river otters, or learn about your favorite fish. The variety of animals and activities mean there's fun for everyone. While you're there don't forget to check out the IMAX theater.

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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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December
3

Bluff View Art District Lights

If you love the glitz and glitter of extravagant holiday displays, you're in luck. Chattanooga is famous for its "Holiday Trail of Lights" featuring 12 points of interest that are sure to take your breath away.

There's so much to do; you'll want to take a break from touring Chattanooga homes for sale so that you can enjoy a few days of festivities. This guide to each of the stops will help you can make the most of this incredible event. 

  1. Christmas Experience on the Bluff : Bluff View Art District, 11 East 2nd St., Chattanooga
    The Bluff View Art District is a popular destination year-round, but during the holidays they take it to a whole new level. Located on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, thousands of lights turn this area into a stunning winter wonderland. The Candy Cane Lane, Elf Adventures, and the Grand Christmas Tree in the Mezzo are sure to delight viewers of all ages. 

  2. Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights: 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain
    Travel high up into Lookout Mountain to experience Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights. Choose one of four themed trails and experience a one-of-a-kind walk-through Christmas trees. After you've soaked in this magical winter wonderland featuring over a million twinkling lights, you'll have a chance to enjoy some hot cocoa, take photos with Santa, and decorate gingerbread cookies.

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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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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
25

Rock City Fairyland Caverns
When you're house hunting, your property search should not start and stop with a house.  Your search should include gathering information about the city where you're planning to live--including all the things to do in that community.

When you're relocating to Chattanooga, make sure to contact us at Fletcher Bright Realty. Our REALTORS® know where to find the best Lookout Mountain homes for sale as well as the best things to do in and around Chattanooga. Let's start by taking a close-up look at a favorite spot of our locals:  Rock City Gardens and the Fairyland Caverns.

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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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September
11

Garage Sale to Declutter5 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

Do you have too much stuff? You're not alone. Studies suggest most Americans have over 300,000 individual items in their homes!

When you are planning to list your home for sale, you become aware of how many excess items you own. After you've contacted one of our REALTORS® to discuss your listing, it's time to start the decluttering process.

Organizing a garage sale is an excellent way to help your items find a new home and make a few dollars along the way. These five tips will help ensure your sale runs smoothly.

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September
4

Fletcher Bright Realty LeadingRE
Living in a different country can be the adventure of a lifetime as long as you prepare first.  Although it's undoubtedly an exciting time, there are some logistics you'll need to figure out before you dive into your new life.

You're in luck because we can help.  Fletcher Bright Realty is proud to be affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), an international association of independent residential brokerages providing access to homes in over 70 countries.  Let's take a look at these six things to consider before you commit to a move to a new country.  

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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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August
7

Saving for a Down Payment Five Down Payment Saving Tips 

The first and biggest hurdle when looking to buy one of the many Chattanooga homes for sale is coming up with the down payment. The minimum down payment that you can expect to make is 3 percent which means that you'd have to come up with $3,000 on a $100,000 home purchase. However, to avoid mortgage insurance, you would need a down payment of 20 percent. That's $20,000 on a $100,000 home.

Don't let these numbers scare you from buying that dream home. Here are five tips from our REALTORS® that can help you save for that down payment by showing your money who's boss.

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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
25

What to Leave When You Sell Your Home
There are lots of important decisions to be made when selling your home.

Our REALTORS® can help you with almost all of them, but some come down to your tastes and goals. For example: What should you leave behind and what should you take along when you move?

The less you drag along, the more convenient moving is. On the other hand, buyers don't necessarily expect you to leave much, but some things are traditionally left behind as a courtesy.

Let's look at the unwritten rules.

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June
18

Selling Your Home Pre-inspecton Benefits

Chattanooga homes for sale can go fast. It's tempting to get your listing out there as soon as you can so you can enjoy the benefits of these great market conditions. 

Many sellers have very specific timeframes and are strongly motivated to move forward. Still, it's crucial to protect your interests at every step in the process.

A pre-listing inspection is one optional step that really pays off. It will help you avoid oversights that can lead to pricey problems down the road or even derail a sale.

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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
21

Don't Overpay For First Home
Chattanooga homes for sale
provide huge opportunities for first-time buyers in today's upbeat housing market. At Fletcher Bright Realty, our REALTORS® have enjoyed helping a diverse array of people achieve their dreams of homeownership.

The strong housing outlook has seen to it that a home is once again the best investment you can make. There are many opportunities for first-time buyers to secure the mortgage financing they need, including government-backed programs with attractive rates.

Even with all that in mind, however, it's important not to overspend on a first home.

A savvy first-time buyer must carefully balance the need to move forward quickly with the need to get all the facts and make an informed decision. That's especially true when you consider:

  • Your first home is special, but it isn't always the one you'll stick with forever.
  • Your housing costs (and related budget) affect your long-term financial picture.

So, how can you avoid overpaying for your first home?

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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
26

Seller Advice Make a Good Impression
When you're selling your home, you'll want to make a great first impression on potential buyers. Sometimes you only have a few minutes before a buyer decides if they are interested in your home or not, so paying attention to the details can really make a difference.

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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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March
6

Downsize Your Home

It's hard to shake the old notion that bigger is better, but if our REALTORS® have learned anything about real estate, it's that this isn't always the case. In fact, there are many reasons to take a step back and realize that your next home doesn't necessarily have to be bigger than your last.

The decision to downsize isn't always an easy one, but remember that a smaller house doesn't have to cramp your style. These are the signs that it's time to think smaller as you look for Chattanooga homes for sale.

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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
19

Chattanooga spring real estate market
When Punxsutawney Phil emerged on Groundhog Day, he saw his shadow. Legend has it that this means another six weeks of winter. If you're planning on selling your house this spring, that's good news for you, as you have a few extra weeks to get your home ready to go. But don't wait too long, because as the days warm up, so will the real estate market!

Here are ten things you should focus on doing right now to get your home ready to sell this spring.

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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
31

5 Reasons FSBOs Fail
When you decide to sell your home, serious thought and planning must come into play. Something you'll need to determine is if you will hire a professional real estate agent to help in the sale of your home or attempt to sell it yourself. Many homeowners will opt for a FSBO (For Sale By Owner) because they want to save the money they would typically pay for an agent's real estate commission.  However, did you know according to the National Association of REALTORS®, less than 10 percent of FSBOs actually sell?

Our REALTORS® are seasoned real estate professionals and know the ins and outs of successfully completing the sale of Chattanooga homes for sale. While you may think selling your home without the help of a professional may save real estate commission, FSBOs come with many risks. That's why we are sharing Five Reasons Why Homes for Sale by Owner Fail.

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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
18

Wow Home Buyers with These 10 Tips

Chattanooga Home Selling Tips

Selling a house can be a stressful proposition. There's a lot you need to do, and it gets even more complicated if you have a tight deadline. Luckily, there are always motivated buyers to be found in the Chattanooga area. You just need to wow them!

Use these tips to get a good start selling your Chattanooga home:

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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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December
4

Lookout Mountain-Rock-City-Lights
High above Chattanooga, at the top of scenic Lookout Mountain, you will find a spectacular holiday display unlike any other. Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights is now entering its 23rd holiday season, and this year's display will be bigger and better than ever before. 

Now, you can choose your own path through the Enchanted Gardens, and create your own adventure through the gorgeous holiday scenery. This is one holiday event that you certainly won't want to miss, and our Chattanooga REALTORS® have the inside scoop on what to expect from this year's Enchanted Garden of Lights.

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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
21

Fixer Upper in chattanooga

If you've been exploring homes in Chattanooga, you've noticed there are a variety of options available. Some are brand new and others are newly renovated.

Then there's the other popular category: The fixer-upper.

What is a fixer-upper? Simply, it's a home that needs work, time, and investment--not to mention a little love--to reach its full potential. Most fixer-uppers aren't in terrible shape: For example, the roof and foundations are usually sound.

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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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August
3

Where Arts and Community Come Together

High above the historic streets of Chattanooga, you'll find Signal Mountain--a community loaded with culture, outdoor fun, and stunning views of the scenery below. 

Signal Mountain Arts Community Center
Throughout the year, Signal Mountain residents enjoy visiting Mountain Arts Community Center, founded in 1999 at the former Signal Mountain Elementary School. Today, MACC is a hub of the community, where residents can go to enjoy fun classes, special events, and activities geared toward every age-group.

Signal Mountain Arts Community Center Class

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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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July
20

Buying Condo Pros Cons
When buying a home, some folks know exactly what they want, others are stuck trying to decide between a house or condo. Our agents at Fletcher Bright Realty understand how important this decision is, and are ready to assist you in any way possible. We've put together some pros and cons on condo ownership to help you get started.

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June
26

Chattanooga July 4 events

Fourth of July is almost here and it's high time to start planning for a night loaded with pyrotechnic fun. Several communities across Chattanooga will be offering fireworks display once again each with its own unique setting and viewing experience. Whether you are looking for a tranquil vantage point or a big community event, our real estate agents have done the research and we've got plenty of suggestions for where to take in the many fireworks shows that Chattanooga has to offer.

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July
10

10 Home Security Tips to Say Bon Voyage With Confidence

Home Security Vacation

Whether you're cruising the Caribbean or snapping selfies in Miami Beach, you can't enjoy the moment if you're worried about someone breaking into your Chattanooga home. The U.S. Department of Justice reports the summer months are a peak season for household property crimes. While you're away from home enjoying a vacation, you don't want to worry about what is happening at home. Here are 10 tips from our real estate agents to protect your home while on vacation.

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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
8

Whether you're looking for homes in Chattanooga or elsewhere in Tennessee, one thing is for sure: Your new home is one of the most important investments you'll ever make.  Even before closing, you should start thinking about the best way to protect your investment. There are two major options: Home insurance and a home warranty.

Both of these products can help you protect the value of your home against the unforeseen. You can choose either or both depending on your needs.

Homeowners Insurance Policy

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April
24

The Ultimate Spring-Cleaning Guide from Our Pros at Fletcher Bright Realty

Spring Cleaning Tips
It's spring clean season.  The time of the year we all get the urge to give our homes a little TLC after a long winter.  And, if you are thinking about selling your home this year, spring is the perfect time to check-off a few tasks off your to-do list before you schedule that first showing.  Our team of Chattanooga REALTORS® has created this "ultimate spring-cleaning guide" so you will be ready to enjoy the warm weather and summer months ahead.

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April
13

Tips for Telling Your Children Moving News

Moving with kids

Moving is a challenging process for a variety of reasons and getting the whole family on board can be one of the most difficult aspects. Our REALTORS® in Chattanooga are committed to making your move easier in every way possible.  These moving tips will help you tell the kids you're moving and hopefully make the transition to your new home a much smoother one.

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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
27

Lookout Mountain Find Homes
Sometimes, the name of a community simply picks itself. Such is the case for Lookout Mountain, TN, a beautiful, breathtaking community perched above Chattanooga. You will not find better views of the city anywhere else, and that's just the start of what you have to look forward to when you live atop Lookout Mountain. The beautiful views from Lookout Mountain are accompanied by ample outdoor activities, a unique mountaintop community, fun traditions, and even a very creative mode of transportation from Chattanooga to the mountaintop.

View of Homes Lookout Mountain

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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
15

First Impressions Mean the Most 

Curb appeal is one of the most important factors in selling your home.  If you make a good first impression with your home's curb appeal, everyone--including potential home buyers in Chattanooga--will want to see what is inside.  Check out these ten simple curb appeal improvements to make your home more appealing to "drive-by" house hunters.

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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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February
28

Selling your home spring
Spring has long been known as the time that the housing market wakes up from its winter slumber and homes start to list and sell at a more rapid pace. In the weeks leading up to the spring market, people looking to sell start calling real estate agents, and listing preparations begin. There are a few essential steps before selling a home, and as spring gets closer, it is time to take each one.

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February
15

Tips for Getting to Know the People Next Door

How to Meet Your New Neighbors

Moving into a new home is exciting. However whether you're relocating across town or across the country, there comes a time when you start to wonder about your new neighbors.  Getting to know "the people next door" helps you feel more comfortable and at home in your new neighborhood--not to mention gives you the chance to create long-lasting friendship.

Rather than waiting for your neighbors to come knocking on your door, why not go to them? Here are some great ways to reach out and meet your new neighbors after you move in.  

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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
29

The Importance of Seasonal Home Maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is a beautiful time of year—the colors change and the weather gets cooler. It's also a busy time of year, when kids go back to school and lives kick back into high gear after the lazy days of summer. Even with the bustle, it's essential to think about home maintenance. Your home will benefit from a few fall tasks to keep it optimized and prepped, and ready for anything.

Many homes in the nation endure weather extremes. To run efficiently, and to prevent potential costlier repairs, homeowners must perform a few tasks each season. Not only can it save a lot of money in the long run, it can prevent the discomfort of dealing with an issue when the inclement weather is happening.

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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 whe