Wes Shields's Blog Posts

Reasons To Buy A Home At The Holidays

It seems home buying is the last thing on our minds at this time of year, and especially this year, being an election year, and of course we're officially full speed into Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Why To Attend Open Houses Even If Youre Not Looking To Buy

Ahh, the Open House. It welcomes potential buyers to come and view what's available on the market, and doesn't require a showing appointment. But, there are reasons beyond buying that you should

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The Real Deal Of Curb Appeal

Hopefully, you can put yourself in a buyer's shoes when it comes to previewing your home. If you were the potential buyer, what would be one of the first things you'd take into consideration of the

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Making Your Home Show Ready

If you're home is currently on the market, no doubt your real estate professional did a little coaching with you to advise on things you should probably do to have your home ready to show. Most of

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And The 2017 Paint Color Of The Year IS

Summer is winding down, and we're all awaiting those clear, cool days of Fall. I for one am excited, even. Not to rush time, but before you know it, we'll be taking down the Christmas decorations,

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Three Things Your Mortgage Lender Doesnt Want To See On Your Bank Statement

We've talked mortgage process here on The Shields Team blog a number of times. Today, we present to you 3 things your mortgage lender is NOT wanting to see when they review your bank statement in

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Lets Go Ubering

With all of the big events happening in the TriCities, festival goers, football fans and the NASCAR crowd is bringing plenty of traffic to our streets. Some events have shuttles that allow you to

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Fannie Mae HomeStyle Vs FHA 203K Renovation Loan

Maybe you've heard of it, loans that lets you buy a home, and get funds to do some renovation. If you haven't heard of them, they're known as the Fannie Mae HomeStyle®, and  FHA 203K.

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Agency Relationships Defined

Contracts can sure cloud the water, can't they? Defining verbiage of parties of the part sounds great when it's read out loud, but try to start figuring out who is identified, and you may just need

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That Squeak Is Driving Me Crazy

Is there anything more annoying than the floor creak? Ugg! When you hear it, you just know all is not right with the universe. Your mind starts wondering.."man, is that a sign of something

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Mark Zuckerberg Has A Mortgage

Did you know that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg worth an estimated $53 million dollars, has a mortgage? He could easily pay cash for his home, so why doesn't he? Home loans come with an

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A Sellers Market Demystified

You probably have heard the phrase Seller's Market if you're in the market to buy or sell a home. What exactly IS a Seller's Market? Armed with knowing, you can prepare for the negotiations that

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Loan Options Defined

When you think about your dream home, the butterflies and angel whispers often supersede reality. If you've found that lovely home, chances are you're likely going to need financing; sorry

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Getting A Mortgage Approved If Your Identity Is Stolen

The phrase that sends a definite, deep chill down your spine, "Identity Theft". Rampant more than ever in today's society, theft of one's identity affects just about every aspect of life, from

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The 80 Year Old FHA Loan Is Still In Demand

FHA mortgages were created to help home buyers facing specific challenges, and in spite of other loan programs that have better options in some cases, the FHA Mortgage Loan remains the most popular

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What Do All Those Affiliations Mean On My Realtors Business Card

Perhaps you've been handed the business card of a great real estate professional recently. Most have the Realtor's name and phone, and by law in TN, will also have the name and address of the

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Outdoor Kitchens

If you love to cook, or even if you don't, you've probably seen and can appreciate one of the hottest trends going in real estate these days, the outdoor kitchen. Today's buyer is trying to find the

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Kid Friendly Events At Roan Mountain Naturalist Rally Sept 10

The 54th annual Fall Naturalist Rally, which takes place the weekend after Labor Day in Roan Mountain TN, has a host of great events for nature lovers including the kid variety. This year's event

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Diving Into Pool Prices

The recent heat in this month of July sure leaves one thirsty for a pool, doesn't it? There's advertising on television for instant pools, above ground, in-ground. The mind races wildly, wondering

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More Smart Stuff

Samsung has introduced the world to many cool gadgets to include microwaves, televisions, and smart phones. Today, we look at the smart home, powered by Samsung's SmartThings. Autonomous

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Historic Low Mortgage Rates Week 2 Of July 2016

Last week, mortgage agency Freddie Mac announced 30-year fixed rates were the lowest reported since the agency began gathering data over 45 years ago. Rates averaged just 3.42% the second week

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Millennials Get Out There And Use Those Credit Cards

We realize you probably had to look at the title of this article twice. Aren't you supposed to get OUT of debt when you're searching for a home? While that's generally true, there is actually debt

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What Is An FHA Loan

The FHA mortgage program launched in 1934 to help boost and stabilize the American housing market. Still today, these mortgages are backed by FHA. In plain English, FHA makes it easier for

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Is Your Piggy Bank Broke

One of the most difficult things in buying a home is access to down payment money. If you are currently renting, it may seem as if you will never have extra funds after rent to save money to put

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Health Resources Center At The Mall At Johnson City July Calendar

Did you know our community has a Health Resource Center? The Mountain States Health Alliance Health Resources Center at the Mall at Johnson City offers an outreach service open to the public. They

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A Number Of Summer Activities For Youth Scheduled In The Area

A Sunday article in the Johnson City Press reported that there will be plenty of activities in the area this summer for TriCities youth population. From technology classes to Vacation

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The Clothing On Your Home

You've perhaps done some painting over the years in your home. Whether you've done the paint process yourself, or have had a professional do the job, have you ever considered the fact that paint,

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Would You Like A Home In The Pocket

There's a fairly new, hot real estate trend in the news recently. Communities developed in small clusters of homes, all facing inward to one common area, whether that be garden courtyards,

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Redfin Housing Market Tracker Report Home Prices Increased 43 Percent In May

Seattle-based Redfin Housing Market Tracker reported this past week that home prices across the U.S grew a moderate 4.3%, year over year for the month of May, and also reported that home sales were

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Mortgage Rates Drop On Release Of Negative Jobs Report

Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac released the following statement this past week upon reviewing the Primary Mortgage Market Survey®(PMMS®) findings regarding May's employment

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1943 Test Reveals What City Matches Your Personality

In today's world of quick fixes, and easy at-will changes for many things, a test that originated in 1943 determines the one thing that you cannot change. Your personality. Many organizations,

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Are You Giving Your Home Away

Scenario: A well-educated and technically knowledgeable property owner thought he'd avoid Realtor commissions and offer his home for sale, himself. This seller examined his home's

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Does Staging Sell Real Estate

Isn't there something cold about an empty house? If you think so, your potential buyer, likely does as well. Your home could be painted impeccably and meet every possible standard a family has and

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Summer Comes To The TriCities

It's June. Schools are out (sans the unfortunate few summer-schoolers). Pools open, picnics begin AND, music fills the air! Several popular TriCities venues have kicked off summer activities

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BE A PART OF HISTORY

 BE A PART OF HISTORY. Historical homes draw our eyes because of their uniqueness.  We often can't miss these landmarks because they break up the monotony in our lives. We are drawn

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Beautiful New Construction Home In North Johnson City

JUST LISTED!309 Post Oak Dr, Johnson City, TN 37615MLS #368278Fresh! This beautiful new construction home in North Johnson City offers it's buyer a wonderfully light and airy living experience, and

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Wonderful Two Story Traditional Home In Kingsport JUST LISTED

Just Listed!  3012 Winesap Rd, Kingsport TN 37663MLS# 368372We've found your dream home in charming Applewalk Park! 3012 Winesap Road in Kingsport offers it's new buyer a wonderfully

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Custom Built Brick 4 Bedroom Home In Saddle Ridge Subdivision

Custom built brick home with 4 bedrooms in Saddle Ridge Subdivision.207 Saddle Ridge Dr, Kingsport TN 37664MLS # 367054 - $364,900This spacious home has a great floor plan and is situated on a

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4 Bedroom 3 And A Half Bath Home With 3 Car Garage In Glen Abbey

 547 Wyndham Drive, Gray TN 37615Opportunity is knocking !!!! Newer 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home with 3 car garage in Glen Abbey! This beautiful 2 story traditional is located in a great executive

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Open House This Weekend April 12th From 2 To 4 PM

 Join us this weekend for an Open House at 3400 Hull Drive in Kingsport, TN on Sunday April 12th from 2 - 4 PM!Beautiful new construction in Fort Henry Hills! This 1874 FSF home features

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KINGSPORT 4 BEDROOM NEW CONSTRUCTION

Beautiful new construction in Fort Henry Hills! This 1874 FSF home features dramatic great room with vaulted ceiling, unique light/dark hardwoods and open floorplan, vaulted and tray ceilings. 

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Would You Like A Free List Of Lake Front Property

If so, take a moment to complete the form below. I promise it will be worth it!!!! Fill out my online form. Use Wufoo templates to make your own HTML.

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Bass Pro Shop Opens In The Tri Cities

Good news for all of you outdoorsy folks…Bristol, TN has a new Bass Pro Shop!  The outdoor sports mega-store opened its doors on August 20, 2014 and is ready to welcome its Eastern

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Celebrate The Holidays At Bristol Motor Speedway

My family and I love holiday time!  There are so many traditions and fun activities for our family to participate in.  A few years ago, after having moved to Johnson City, TN from

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JUST LISTED 3 Bedroom Home In Carter Crossing

JUST LISTED!!3 Bedroom Home in Carter Crossing1805 Glen Echo Rd, Johnson City TN 37604MLS #356273Great city home now available in Carter Crossing! Built in 1990, 1805 Glen Echo Road offers

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Enjoy The Comfort Of This Home Both Inside And Out

Enjoy the Comfort of this home Both Inside and Out Enjoy the comfort of this home both inside and out. Experience less worries with new carpet throughout the house and bathrooms completely

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All Brick Three Bedroom Two Bathroom Ranch On A Large Lot

All Brick Three Bedroom Two Bathroom Ranch on a Large Lot! All brick three bedroom two bath ranch on a large lot in Johnson City. This Move-in ready home offers its new owners lots of room to

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Lake Front Condo In Piney Flats On Boone Lake

Are you looking for a lakefront condo on Boone Lake?  We have the one for you!107 Pointe Shore Drive in Piney Flats is a perfect condo for you! It has been completely remodeled.  Want to

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Attention Lake Lovers Here Is A Great Opportunity For A Lakefront Mini Farm Or Estate

TBD Isley Private Drive, Piney Flats TN 37686Tract 1 - MLS # 350253 - $199,900 - 15.682 AcresTract 2 - MLS # 350256 - $249,900 - 10.4 AcresTract 3 - MLS # 350255 - $319,900 - 12.51 AcresTract 4 -

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57 Sagewood Court Jonesborough TN Your New Condo Is Waiting

57 Sagewood Court, Jonesborough TN 37659MLS #339662$116,900Imagine coming home to your own quite get away complete with vaulted ceilings open floor plan and a master suite all on one level. You will

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1906 Clouds Ford Rd Kingsport TN 37660 SITS ON OVER AN ACRE OF LAND

Ideal home nestled on over an acre of land!1906 Clouds Ford, Kingsport TN 37660$219,900MLS #350312Ideal home nestled on just over an acre of land in Kingsport!  As you pull into the driveway

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PRICE REDUCTION 248 Timberland Circle Kingsport TN 37664

PRICE REDUCTION!!248 Timberland Circle, Kingsport, TN 37664MLS # 345423$ 259,900Great home in a great Kingsport neighborhood. This 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home features over 4000 sf of finished living

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PRICE REDUCTION 699 May Drive Jonesborough TN 37659

PRICE REDUCTION!!699 May Drive, Jonesborough, TN 37659MLS #349750$214,000Completely remodeled three bedroom, two bath, one level home with a mile of charming downtown Jonesborough. This home offers

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OPEN HOUSE 699 MAY DRIVE JONESBOROUGH TN 37659 JUNE 29TH

OPEN HOUSEJUNE 29TH 2-4 PM699 MAY DRIVE, JONESBOROUGH, TN 37659MLS #349750$218,000Completely remodeled three bedroom, two bath, one level home with a mile of charming downtown Jonesborough. This

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PRICE REDUCTION 3007 NEWBERN DRIVE JOHNSON CITY

PRICE REDUCTION!!3007 Newbern Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604MLS #346947$159,900Take a look at this great home in a great neighborhood!  Two bedrooms upstairs and two on the main level. This home

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PRICE REDUCED 284 Tadlock Road Fall Branch TN

PRICE REDUCED!!284 Tadlock Road, Fall Branch, TN 37656MLS # 339601$165,000Price reduced on this fabulous home for a quick sale!  Welcome!  Take a look around this beautiful one-level home.

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Completely Remodeled Three Bedroom Two Bath Jonesborough Home

Just Listed!699 May Drive, Jonesborough, TN 37659Completely remodeled three bedroom, two bath, one level home with a mile of charming downtown Jonesborough. This home offers an open floor plan with

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Opportunity Is Knocking Dont Miss This 4 Bedroom Home

JUST LISTED915 Hackney RoadMLS #349810Opportunity is knocking!  This beautiful  two story  home offers you 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths on a corner lot in one of the hottest neighborhoods

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Open House Sunday June 1 At 606 Countryshire Court Kingsport TN 37663

606 Countryshire Court, Kingsport TN  37663MLS# 343633 List $269,900 Join us this Sunday, June 1 from 2-4 p.m. to tour this wonderful home (with In-Ground  POOL!) in Kingsport! The

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Senior Health And Fitness Delivers Mind Health And Body Challenge To Seniors May 28

In celebration of National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 28th, Senior Services will offer QUEST, a mind and body team challenge, at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St

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The Sound Of Music

The much awaited favorite concert series in Kingsport TN is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, May 22nd on Broad Street in Downtown! One of the area's most popular live music concert series,

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4 Bedroom 2 Story And Waiting For You In Hunters Crossing

458 Hunters Crossing Lane, Kingsport TN  37664. MLS# 346680. List: $269,900Located in desirable Hunter's Crossing in Kingsport TN, this exceptional 2 story, 4 bedroom home

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Summer Is On The Way Prepare To Stay Cool In The Pool

606 Countryshire Court, Kingsport TN  37663. MLS# 343633. List: $269,900How many times have you thought to yourself you'd love to have a pool in the backyard during the grueling

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4000 Square Feet And Double Decks

248 Timberland Circle, Kingsport TN  37664. MLS# 345423. List: $262,900.Wow! Whatta home! This Traditional style 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home features over 4000 sf of finished

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Wonderful 2 Story Home In Hunters Crossing

458 Hunters Crossing LaneMLS # 346680Wonderful 2 story home in Hunters Crossing!  This lovely home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living and dining rooms, a big eat-in kitchen with

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Beautiful Cape Cod In Jonesborough Just Listed

Just listed! 111 Peachtree Place, Jonesborough TN. MLS# 347203.  A beautiful Cape Cod home in a serene and tranquil setting, this 2002 built home offers a quiet and relaxing space to call

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3790 Ft Henry Drive Kingsport TN PRICE REDUCED

PRICE REDUCED!3790 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663MLS #343452Turn Key business and real estate offered for sale. This functioning Auto collision repair offers you a great opportunity to run

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831 Sir Echo Kingsport TN 37663 JUST LISTED

JUST LISTED!!831 Sir Echo, Kingsport, TN 37663MLS #343872All brick 3 bedroom ranch offer a warm and inviting living room with hardwood floors and a gas log fireplace. The spacious kitchen is a large

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155 Hughes St Johnson City TN PRICE REDUCTION

PRICE REDUCTION!!!155 Hughes St, Johnson City, TN MLS #341744All brick three bedroom two bath ranch on a large lot in Johnson City. This Move-in ready home offers its new owners lots of room to

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Featured Listings February 2014

Check our our Featured Listings of February!!

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155 Hughes St Johnson City TN

All brick three bedroom two bath ranch on a large lot in Johnson City. This Move-in ready home offers its new owners lots of room to grow with a full unfinished basement and a huge yard for the.

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OWN YOUR OWN MINI FARM 775 Bowmantown Jonesborough TN

Mini - Farm complete with a Three stall horse barn, pond, and 3 bedroom home. The house has had new floors installed, new paint applied and had a large screened in back porch that takes in  

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JUST LISTED 352 Boonesboro Gray TN

Well maintained brick home in the country. This 3 bedroom home is in move in ready condition, and offers the new owner an open floor plan, main level master suite, breakfast room and large living

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205 Charlton Green Kingsport TN JUST LISTED

Just like new!!  This home features a large main level master suite with walk in closet, double vanity, and tub. The living room offers two story vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, 

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Interior Inspiration How To Achieve The Look Of Timeless Design

By Freshome.com on Jan 07, 2014What makes design timeless? What makes a home timeless? Have you ever picked up a magazine from another era and thought to yourself that you could be looking

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What To Do With Frozen Pipes And How To Prevent Them

More than just a minor inconvenience, frozen pipes are destructive and disruptive. That’s because the frozen water doesn’t just stop flowing through pipes – it actually expands and can

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