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The 4 Things Your Landlord Won’t Tell You

“I can think of nothing heavier than an aircraft; I can think of nothing less likely to fly.”

These words, spoken by poet Saul Williams, are an absolute truth. It’s amazing, that through science, dedication, and a fair amount of hope, we are able to take something over 400,000 pounds, and make it airborne.

Outside of my time at LeConte Realty, I travel a lot.  I perform spoken word poetry, and host writing workshops at various colleges and universities around the country.  In September, I spent 3 weeks on the road and in the sky.  It can be grueling, but ultimately it is an extremely rewarding experience that I am grateful to be able to enjoy.  It took years of hard work to get my 400,000 pound self into the proverbial sky, but now that I’m there, every day was worth it.

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Everyone has goals that can seem impossible, but often, they aren’t very as far as they seem. A study of compiled US Census data shows that millennials are waiting longer to buy homes. There are several reasons for this. Many millenials don’t want to be swallowed in debt like previous generations. Also, this generation is waiting longer to get married, which in turn, delays major financial decisions. More than all of these, it seems there is a greater acceptance among millenials to continue renting. While there are advantages to renting, here are four reasons why you should consider ditching your rental for homeownership.

1. Consistency:
One of the most important reasons to consider buying a home is escaping the uncertainty of dealing with a landlord. In some states your landlord may decide to sell the home and you will be stuck trying to find a new place to live. Rental rates are also subject to change. With home ownership, the fear of the home being sold out from under you is gone, and, depending on the type of mortgage you have, your monthly payment will stay the same throughout the life of your loan. And at one point, the payment goes away entirely.

2. Customization:
With renting, your ability to modify your home in any way is typically in the hands of your landlord. Which, in most cases means you can’t customize anything. With ownership you can redesign and renovate how you’d like, and even expand your home as your family expands.

3. Creating equity:
With long term rental, you are still creating equity. The only difference is, you are creating equity for your landlord and not yourself. When you purchase a car, the value immediately starts dropping as soon as you drive it off the lot. This is not the case with a home. Many pieces of real estate will not only retain their value after purchase, they will actually gain value. (Please note that this is not always the case, your local market will determine pricing)

4. Cash Flow:
Congratulations, you did it! You purchased your first home, lived in it for years, and now you’re ready for you next home. What to do with the first one, you ask? You can now turn it into a rental property once you’ve moved in to your new home. Whether you want to rent it monthly to permanent tenants, or rent it out by the week as a vacation home, your choice to ditch the rental opens up new income options that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.

If you don’t think homeownership is realistic for you because you can’t afford the big down payments, please be aware that with the Rural Development Loan program, many homes can be purchased for no money down (for qualified buyers).

Ben & Melissa Phillips

Liz worked diligently for more than eight months and through three different contracts to get our home sold.  She was always prompt and responsive to any questions we had, and she worked to get timely information from the buyer's agent as well.

Ben & Melissa Phillips

2014-08-29T18:37:18+00:00

Ben & Melissa Phillips

Liz worked diligently for more than eight months and through three different contracts to get our home sold.  She was always prompt and responsive to any questions we had, and she worked to get timely information from the buyer's agent as well.

Gerald & Linda Sperry

Melissa worked for months looking for that perfect house. She helped us through all the negotiations and issues that arose with patience and professionalism.

Gerald & Linda Sperry

2014-11-12T01:01:46+00:00

Gerald & Linda Sperry

Melissa worked for months looking for that perfect house. She helped us through all the negotiations and issues that arose with patience and professionalism.

Courtney Church

We finally closed on our new house! Michael did everything he could to get us to the closing, even through what seemed to be road blocks. He worked late at night if needed, stalked people that needed to be stalked, and answered the million questions I had, even if he had to ask somebody else. He also answered my phone calls every single time.

Courtney Church

2019-02-05T16:10:55+00:00

Courtney Church

We finally closed on our new house! Michael did everything he could to get us to the closing, even through what seemed to be road blocks. He worked late at night if needed, stalked people that needed to be stalked, and answered the million questions I had, even if he had to ask somebody else. He also answered my phone calls every single time.

Stephanie Milani

Melissa is the best! She brings accurate comp data, market savvy and a "whatever it takes" attitude to every listing. She knows what buyers are looking for and she guides her sellers through every step of the process. 

Stephanie Milani

2019-02-05T16:44:24+00:00

Stephanie Milani

Melissa is the best! She brings accurate comp data, market savvy and a "whatever it takes" attitude to every listing. She knows what buyers are looking for and she guides her sellers through every step of the process. 

Alysa Ikner

Brandon sold our home in Maryville in July 2018. It was on the market less than 10 days and we had competing offers OVER the asking price. It was so painless! Brandon also helped us buy our new home at the same time. He always made us feel like a top priority and did everything in his power to get things done efficiently. He was there every step of the way with us.

Alysa Ikner

2019-02-05T16:07:49+00:00

Alysa Ikner

Brandon sold our home in Maryville in July 2018. It was on the market less than 10 days and we had competing offers OVER the asking price. It was so painless! Brandon also helped us buy our new home at the same time. He always made us feel like a top priority and did everything in his power to get things done efficiently. He was there every step of the way with us.

Kelly Stone

We highly recommend Property Dad’s to anyone looking to buy a home in the Maryville area. Eric and Brett are both amazing! They are a great team! Eric was so helpful, right from the start. We had a specific idea of what area and type of house we wanted and they were diligent in the task of finding us just the right home for our needs. We couldn’t be happier with Property Dad’s and our home buying experience! Thanks again guys!

Kelly Stone

2019-02-05T17:04:10+00:00

Kelly Stone

We highly recommend Property Dad’s to anyone looking to buy a home in the Maryville area. Eric and Brett are both amazing! They are a great team! Eric was so helpful, right from the start. We had a specific idea of what area and type of house we wanted and they were diligent in the task of finding us just the right home for our needs. We couldn’t be happier with Property Dad’s and our home buying experience! Thanks again guys!

Chelsea Allison

Lane really listened to what we wanted and was quick to set up any showings we were interested in! He was professional, knowledgeable, and we really felt like he came through for us! This was our first home purchase and we will definitely call him again in the future! We are so happy with our home and the buying process was a breeze thanks to Lane! We can't thank him enough!

Chelsea Allison

2019-02-05T15:14:45+00:00

Chelsea Allison

Lane really listened to what we wanted and was quick to set up any showings we were interested in! He was professional, knowledgeable, and we really felt like he came through for us! This was our first home purchase and we will definitely call him again in the future! We are so happy with our home and the buying process was a breeze thanks to Lane! We can't thank him enough!

David Younts

Lane was a godsend. We were moving from out of state and didn't know the area well. He quickly got a great sense of what we were looking for and got us in to look at homes that we really loved. He even got us in to look at a few homes that weren't on the market yet. If you want someone who leaves no stone unturned, and who doesn't think twice about working long hours to meet your needs, Lane Shuler is your guy!

David Younts

2019-02-05T15:26:31+00:00

David Younts

Lane was a godsend. We were moving from out of state and didn't know the area well. He quickly got a great sense of what we were looking for and got us in to look at homes that we really loved. He even got us in to look at a few homes that weren't on the market yet. If you want someone who leaves no stone unturned, and who doesn't think twice about working long hours to meet your needs, Lane Shuler is your guy!

Chris Jenkins

Property Dads are awesome!! Eric Rice did a great job helping us sell and buy a new home as well as sell my parent’s home. They are very knowledgeable of the area, and they are honest, straight forward realtors! I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell their home!! Thank you for a great experience!!

Chris Jenkins

2019-02-05T17:08:11+00:00

Chris Jenkins

Property Dads are awesome!! Eric Rice did a great job helping us sell and buy a new home as well as sell my parent’s home. They are very knowledgeable of the area, and they are honest, straight forward realtors! I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell their home!! Thank you for a great experience!!

Taylor Jarrell

We love us some Property Dads! Brett helped us buy our first home, and it was a breeze! He was quick to answer any and all questions, and was quick to get us in to see the homes we were interested in. A+++ Recommend!

Taylor Jarrell

2019-02-05T17:08:58+00:00

Taylor Jarrell

We love us some Property Dads! Brett helped us buy our first home, and it was a breeze! He was quick to answer any and all questions, and was quick to get us in to see the homes we were interested in. A+++ Recommend!

Hope Watson

These guys are amazing! They are vested in the growth and well being of our community . Both Brett and Eric are not only wonderful realtors and professionals in every sense of the word, but they are simply GREAT PEOPLE! I highly recommend the PROPERTY DADS!

Hope Watson

2019-02-05T17:09:25+00:00

Hope Watson

These guys are amazing! They are vested in the growth and well being of our community . Both Brett and Eric are not only wonderful realtors and professionals in every sense of the word, but they are simply GREAT PEOPLE! I highly recommend the PROPERTY DADS!

Ryan & Kit McCaffrey

Lori was incredible to work with. She knows the area extremely well, and treated us as if we were her only clients. She was never pushy with us, and seemed to be one step ahead of us all the time. She is not a typical realtor who is out to make money. Lori truly wants her clients to find the right home for them. She's about helping people.

Ryan & Kit McCaffrey

2019-02-05T17:36:52+00:00

Ryan & Kit McCaffrey

Lori was incredible to work with. She knows the area extremely well, and treated us as if we were her only clients. She was never pushy with us, and seemed to be one step ahead of us all the time. She is not a typical realtor who is out to make money. Lori truly wants her clients to find the right home for them. She's about helping people.

Dave & Karri LeGault

Working with Lori was a wonderful experience. Purchasing our home in TN was quite a lengthy process. For over 9 months, we stayed in contact with Lori through selling our home in MA, moving to TN and renting, looking at homes, etc,... Every step of the way, Lori was patient and supportive. Even post the closing of our home we are still in contact regularly. We feel she was not only our realtor but also our friend.

Dave & Karri LeGault

2019-02-05T17:39:06+00:00

Dave & Karri LeGault

Working with Lori was a wonderful experience. Purchasing our home in TN was quite a lengthy process. For over 9 months, we stayed in contact with Lori through selling our home in MA, moving to TN and renting, looking at homes, etc,... Every step of the way, Lori was patient and supportive. Even post the closing of our home we are still in contact regularly. We feel she was not only our realtor but also our friend.

Jedd & Melissa Krintz

Lori was excellent to work with. She helped us to list and sell out house in just over a month, and also find a new home. She helped us get a great deal on both ends. She was always extremely prompt and organized and just a joy to work with. She turned a stressful event into a fun event!

Jedd & Melissa Krintz

2019-02-05T17:40:59+00:00

Jedd & Melissa Krintz

Lori was excellent to work with. She helped us to list and sell out house in just over a month, and also find a new home. She helped us get a great deal on both ends. She was always extremely prompt and organized and just a joy to work with. She turned a stressful event into a fun event!

John Ross Conley

My family was able to land house that we love and is exactly what we were looking for. Without the Griders, we would probably not seen the house in time to view it, let along, make an offer. They were equally as thrilled for us to get the house as we were. They wanted nothing more than for us to find our home and were willing to do what was necessary to get that done. They were genuinely happy for us.

John Ross Conley

2019-02-05T17:53:43+00:00

John Ross Conley

My family was able to land house that we love and is exactly what we were looking for. Without the Griders, we would probably not seen the house in time to view it, let along, make an offer. They were equally as thrilled for us to get the house as we were. They wanted nothing more than for us to find our home and were willing to do what was necessary to get that done. They were genuinely happy for us.

Alyssa Hoo

My husband and I recently bought our home in Maryville and it is all thanks to Rachel!! She is amazing! We were looking for a home while living in a different city. She was very flexible with our schedule and helping show homes to us and she even made arrangements for other people in her group to show us homes while she was on a business trip. We had a limited time frame and she helped us find the home we wanted.

Alyssa Hoo

2019-02-05T19:58:59+00:00

Alyssa Hoo

My husband and I recently bought our home in Maryville and it is all thanks to Rachel!! She is amazing! We were looking for a home while living in a different city. She was very flexible with our schedule and helping show homes to us and she even made arrangements for other people in her group to show us homes while she was on a business trip. We had a limited time frame and she helped us find the home we wanted.

Tommy and Patsy Gilbert

Cyndi made everything go smoothly when we bought the property on Redbud Drive. Her effective and professional approach during the entire process made things go smoothly, and it was a pleasure to work with her.

Tommy and Patsy Gilbert

2019-02-06T19:06:17+00:00

Tommy and Patsy Gilbert

Cyndi made everything go smoothly when we bought the property on Redbud Drive. Her effective and professional approach during the entire process made things go smoothly, and it was a pleasure to work with her.

Brandi Heidelberg

Tina is amazing! She made buying a home easy and comfortable! Highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell!

Brandi Heidelberg

2019-02-12T02:16:07+00:00

Brandi Heidelberg

Tina is amazing! She made buying a home easy and comfortable! Highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell!

Phyllis Tiller

Glad to have met you Tina. Thanks for all your help and guidance thru the process. Best wishes to you and your family!

Phyllis Tiller

2019-02-12T02:17:01+00:00

Phyllis Tiller

Glad to have met you Tina. Thanks for all your help and guidance thru the process. Best wishes to you and your family!

Chris Carter


Cindy is a fantastic professional to have on your team in any real estate transaction.
Her attention to detail is phenomenal and she went above and beyond to make sure all of the pieces came together to ensure a quick sale at a great price.

Chris Carter

2019-02-14T01:39:40+00:00

Chris Carter

Cindy is a fantastic professional to have on your team in any real estate transaction. Her attention to detail is phenomenal and she went above and beyond to make sure all of the pieces came together to ensure a quick sale at a great price.