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Of course you want to sell your home for the most money possible! But how exactly do you make that happen? Here are our top 10 tricks to earn more money on the sale of your home.

1. Use A Realtor

“But if I sell my home using a realtor, I have to pay commission.” We hear you. But according to the National Association of Realtors, the average For Sale By Owner home sold for $185,000 last year while the average home sold with a realtor sold for $245,000! An agent will use their expertise to negotiate on your behalf, earning you so much more money in the long run. 

2. Stage Your Property

Buyers have a much easier time imagining themselves in a furnished home. If you’ve already moved out, it’s worth the money to look into a home staging company

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, July 19 to Friday, July 26.

July 20, 26 and 27

Annie

When: 8-10 p.m. 
Where: Signal Mountain Playhouse, Corner of Rolling Way & James Blvd. 
Cost: $5-$15

The Signal Mountain Playhouse presents all time favorite "Annie" this July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. The Playhouse Amphitheater is located just off the main mountain highway, 127 N (called Ridgeway on the Mountain), a short distance up Rolling Way, which is the street where the Police and Fire Departments are located. Curtain is at 8 p.m., but the box office opens at 6 p.m. for those who wish to buy tickets and place lawn chairs prior to the 8 p.m. curtain. The Playhouse accepts cash or checks

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, July 12 to Friday, July 19.

July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27

Annie

When: 8-10 p.m. 
Where: Signal Mountain Playhouse, Corner of Rolling Way & James Blvd. 
Cost: $5-$15

The Signal Mountain Playhouse presents all time favorite "Annie" this July 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. The Playhouse Amphitheater is located just off the main mountain highway, 127 N (called Ridgeway on the Mountain), a short distance up Rolling Way, which is the street where the Police and Fire Departments are located. Curtain is at 8 p.m., but the box office opens at 6 p.m. for those who wish to buy tickets and place lawn chairs prior to the 8 p.m. curtain. The Playhouse accepts cash or checks

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The Torgerson Team at Keller Williams Realty was named one of America’s most productive sales teams as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends.

This is the third year either Nathan Torgerson as an individual agent or The Torgerson Team as a team ranked in the top 100 for the state of Tennessee. 

“I am honored that The Torgerson Team was named on this ranking of the country’s top residential real estate teams,” says Nathan Torgerson. “It represents the time and effort that we put into each client that we serve and how much work it takes to build a successful real estate career.”

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks more than 12,000 residential real estate teams

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Happy (almost) Fourth everyone! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom with some good old fashion fun and fireworks. But where are the best July 4th celebrations in Chattanooga? We’ve got you covered with all of them you need to know about. 

Wednesday, July 3

City of Collegedale’s July 3 Freedom Celebration

When: 6-10:30 p.m.
Where: Collegedale City Hall, 4910 Swinyar Drive. 
Cost: Free

The Commons Stage at Founders Hall, the newest of the three venues at Collegedale's annual July 3 Freedom Celebration, will light up at 6 p.m. with Lou Wamp and Von Wamp's All Star Lineup. ETSO, featuring Pops Conductor Joel Denton, will perform on The Commons Stage beginning at 8 p.m. Matt Downer – Old Time Traveler, will open at Veterans Memorial Park

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, June 28 to Friday July 5. 

Saturday, June 29

REI Backpacking Cooking Workshop

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Enterprise South Nature Park, 8015 Volkswagen Drive 
Cost: $30-50

Creating a delicious and nutritious backpacking meal can be cinch when you have the knowledge and the right tools for the backcountry. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn about preparing food for backcountry travel, the different handling obstacles you may face in a remote setting, and tips and tricks on working with minimal kitchen supplies. We'll provide all the equipment and ingredients. No experience necessary. Just come hungry! For more information, visit rei.com/events.

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It is time for the annual Back to School School Supply Drive sponsored by The Torgerson Team at Keller Williams Realty!

Through the month of July, The Torgerson Team will be collecting donations of school supplies for students and teachers. The needs of these teachers include items like: sticky notes, EXPO markers, dry erase board cleaner, Kleenex, highlighters, pens, Clorox/Lysol wipes, paper, hand sanitizer, binder clips, pencils, Sharpie pens, and paper clips. All of the school supplies donated will be distributed to local teachers and students in time for the new school year. 

“Many local families are living their lives paycheck to paycheck and are not able to splurge on the yearly school supplies for their children,” says Nathan Torgerson

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, June 21 to Friday, June 28.

Friday, June 21

Finding Neverland 

When: 7:30-11:30 p.m. 
Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. 
Cost: $50-75

The winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart," says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, "It's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, June 14 to Friday, June 21.

Various dates through August 

Summer Music Weekends

When: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Rd. 
Cost: $14.95-$26.95

Enjoy some of the best toe-tapping old-time, bluegrass and country music all summer long during Summer Music Weekends. Activities include the Walking in Frieda's Footsteps Tour, making Aunt Frieda's fire fly jars and some 1930's Americana all around. Returning for the 15th season are the amazing Birds of Prey shows featuring powerful and majestic birds up close for a unique learning experience. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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The idea of saving enough money to buy your own home can seem daunting. A downpayment for a home needs to be at least 3-5 percent of the purchase price, which even for a $100,000 home is $3,000 to $5,000 you’ll need up front. 

So, how do you save that kind of money? We have some money saving tips and tricks to help you be more frugal and save money fast.

1. Come up with a time frame

Decide when you want to buy a home. If your goal is to buy a home next year, that gives you 12 months to save up for your downpayment. If you want to put 5% down on a $150,000 home and start saving now, you know you need to put back $625 a month to make it happen! Now that you’ve broken it down like that, it doesn’t seem as scary right? 

2. Set up a separate

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