When Opportunity Knocked, I Answered

  Sometimes opportunity comes knocking when you least expect it. It knocked for me near the close of 2018. The timing was right, so I took the opportunity to pass the leadership reins of Village brokerage to the next generation. Opportunity Knocks Evolution is...

The Season of Giving Continues Year-Round

Photo Credit: Kevin Schlatt Photography   Our season of giving is year-round at Village. This month, we celebrated an incredible milestone of giving $2.2 million back to our community through Village Fund grants. It’s proof that 22 years of giving a little can...

Relationship Between Human Health and Urban Spaces

There is no doubt the health of an urban community can be directly linked the health of the individuals who live within it. Successful urban spaces are built on strong neighborhood commercial districts, and quality public transportation and greenways options. Growing,...

Yes in My Backyard: Tactics for Overcoming NIMBY Sentiment

Despite the need for development in corridors and emerging urban neighborhoods throughout a community, there is always some pushback from neighbors, called NIMBY-ism (Not In My Back Yard), when the development being proposed is in their neighborhood. Indeed, in one...

22 Years Of Impacting Positive Social Change Through Real Estate

Twenty-two years ago, I opened the doors of my Nashville-based real estate company, Village Real Estate Services (VILLAGE). I didn’t want to follow a traditional business model for my company. I wanted VILLAGE to be different and create positive social change in the...

Greenways: A Path To Mobility, Health, And Economic Investment

More cities are recognizing the vast importance of urban development and alternative transportation modes as they prioritize creating a path to mobility for pedestrians and cyclists. Inspiration is coming from all over the world — places like bike-centric...