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There are very few things more stressful than moving. It’s no small task to gather up years of life in one home to start fresh in another. But moving doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. With a bit of organization and pre-planning, you can make your next move go without a hitch! 

Here are our top 7 tips for a stress-free move. Also be sure to download our checklist to see step by step what should be done in the months, weeks and days leading up to your move: Ultimate Moving Checklist PDF. 

1. Start collecting supplies sooner rather than later

You should start packing as soon as your moving date is inked on the calendar. But you can’t very well do that if you don’t have the supplies you need. There is nothing more annoying than being…

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Our very own Nathan Torgerson was recently recognized as part of the 2015 10 Best Real Estate Professionals for Client Satisfaction, a prestigious distinction only given to a select group of industry professionals each year. 

Those chosen for the honor must pass a rigorous selection process based on client and/or peer nominations, research and an independent evaluation by the American Institute of Real Estate Professionals. Some of the selection criteria includes: 10/10 in client satisfaction, no negative feedback or complaints of any kind, recognized industry leadership, sales volume and previous awards. 

“One of the most important aspects of being a Realtor is making the process as smooth as possible for the client,” says Torgerson. “It’s an…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, September 18 to Friday, September 25.

Opening tonight! 

The Great Gatsby

When: September 18-19 from 7:30-10 p.m. and September 20 from 2-4:30 p.m.
Where: Robert Kirk Walker Community Theatre, 399 McCallie Avenue
Cost: $19-$23.50

Local theatre company Back Alley Productions opens its production of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby tonight at Memorial Auditorium. The story, set in the 1920s tells the story of mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsy who is passionately obsessed with a beautiful woman named Daisy Buchanan, married to a controlling millionaire named Tom. The story is told form the perspective of Nick Carraway, a young bond salesman, who…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, September 11 to Friday, September 18.

September 11-27

Violet: The Musical

When: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Ensemble Theatre Of Chattanooga, 104 N. Tuxedo Ave
Cost: $15-20

Violet, a young girl from rural North Carolina, sets out on a journey to heal a scar that disfigures her face. What she discovers on this journey is that her true scars, the ones below the surface, need the most healing. Since Violet's bus journey takes her clear across the state of Tennessee from the North Carolina border to Oklahoma, so does the musical score. From blues and early rock to old country and high gospel,…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, September 4 to Friday, September 11.

Saturday, September 5 and Saturday, September 12

Alice in Wonderland

When: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 
Where: Go Georgia Arts Studio, 7787 Nashville St., Ringgold, GA 30736 
Cost: $8

Watch the timeless classic, Alice in Wonderland, played out at the Go Georgia Arts Studio. The production was directed and adapted by John Christian with assistance from Libby Jackson. For more information, visit

Sunday, September 6

Chattanooga Market Run of Honor 8K

When: 6:30 a.m. registration/race check-in and T-shirt pickup; 8 a.m. start time for 8k and 1 mile
Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie…

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Many homeowners want to know how much their home is worth—and understandably so! Whether they intend to sell in the near future or are wondering how much added value their home improvements have created, most homeowners want to know just how much their home is worth in today’s market. 

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question, and it definitely can’t be answered with a visit to an internet site. Finding out how much your home is worth is a complex process that shouldn’t be done without the advice of a local Realtor who is familiar with the market. 

Here are some FAQs we receive from homeowners to help you on the way of finding out the value of your home: 

Q. Can I determine my home’s value from an internet website? 


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Chattanooga’s restaurant and retail scene is growing by the day! Here are our top 5 brand new or coming soon businesses to check out.  

Brand New!

The FEED Co. Table and Tavern

201 W. Main St.

Word on the Street: Don’t miss the Buffalo Calamari appetizer with fried domestic calamari tossed in buffalo sauce and served with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing

 The Southside neighborhood just got a little bit more awesome with the addition of The FEED Co. Table and Tavern. It’s no small wonder that this Southern-inspired farm-to-table fare is getting rave reviews, as the owners are Chattanooga favorites for their other projects. Dustin Choate, owner of beer and burger haven Tremont Tavern; Miguel Morales, owner of the 1885…

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

Friday, August 21-Sunday, August 23

Comedian Kurt Metzger from Inside Amy Schummer

When: 7:30-9:45 p.m. 
Where: The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road
Cost: $11-18

A regular performer at New York City’s nightclubs, Kurt Metzger has a long list of credits from shows like "Inside Amy Schumer," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," Showtime's "White Boyz in the Hood" and VH1's "Best Week Ever." With several Comedy Central specials under his belt, Metzger was also added to the network’s “Hot List.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, August 22

Butterfly Garden…

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Many of us have had the same thought when considering the move from apartment life to purchasing our first home: “The mortgage payment would be the same/cheaper than my rent!”

Although on paper that may be correct, there are several other costs that come with being a homeowner that may not be so obvious. So, how much house can you actually afford? 

Here are some of the hidden costs of homeownership that you should consider when deciding on a budget for your first home. 


The concept of paying for utilities probably isn’t new, since you most likely had to budget for that in addition to rent. However, the cost of heating and cooling a small apartment versus a larger home can be a significant jump. Go ahead and factor in this…

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Chattanooga area events

Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events, happening locally from Friday, August 7 to Friday, August 14.

All weekend long!

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

Save money this weekend on everything you need for going back to school! Shoppers can buy qualifying items—clothing and school supplies less than $100 in value per item and computers less than $1,500—without paying local or state sales tax from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Anyone can participate, regardless of whether or not they’re a student. 

Opening tonight! 

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

When: August 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 from 8-10 p.m. and August 9 from 2-4 p.m.
Where: Artistic Civic Theatre, 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. 30720

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