Personal finance website WalletHub.com recently ranked Murfreesboro the 6th Best 2020's Real-Estate Market in the U.S. and No. 1 for small cities.
To determine the best local real-estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 24 key indicators of housing-market attractiveness and economic strength. Data set ranges from median home-price appreciation to home sales turnover rate to job growth.
Murfreesboro ranked 11th ofor "Real Estate Market" and 4th for "Affordability & Economic Environment."
It might be hard to grasp for anyone who has looked at local housing prices, but apparently they aren't that bad compared to the rest of the country.
For "Affordability & Economic Environment," WalletHub used its “States with the Best Health Infrastructure for Coronavirus” score, housing affordability (home price as share of income), maintenance affordability, population growth rate, job growth rate, unemployment rate, underemployment rate, and median credit score.
For the complete listing of 2020's Best Real-Estate markets, visit wallethub.com.
GEICO opens new Murfreesboro office
Jeff Flowers will lead a team of licensed agents at GEICO's new local office in Murfreesboro at 510 N. Thompson Lane, Suite B off exit 76-B of I-24. An insurance industry veteran, Flowers has worked in several sales and underwriting roles for more than 25 years at several major insurance companies. Flowers and his staff members Lucy Bernard, Alyson McClellan, Luis Roca, Nicole Williams-Anderson, Jared Goins and Bridget Flowers can assist with car insurance coverage, as well as coverage for homeowners, renters, condos, motorcycles, RVs, umbrella and more lines of insurance.
"The Murfreesboro area continues to see some of the highest amounts of growth in Middle Tennessee, with a considerable number of new homes being built and small businesses opening," Flowers said. "My team looks forward to working with new and existing Murfreesboro and Rutherford County residents to help insure their entire lifestyle."
GEICO's Murfreesboro local office is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To accommodate in-person visits, customers need to wear masks and adhere to socially distanced areas in the office. To get a quote or learn more about GEICO's Murfreesboro local office visit Flowers's website or call 629-218-6080.
SmartBank names new executive for Murfreesboro
SmartBank announced that it has hired Fabiola Ortiz as Vice President, Regional Branch Administrator in Chattanooga, Tenn. Ortiz will join the bank's branch administration team and will oversee SmartBank locations in the Chattanooga, Cleveland, Tullahoma and Murfreesboro markets.
"Fabiola is a seasoned banking professional who has been a part of the banking industry for more than thirteen years," said Barry Watson, Regional President for SmartBank. "Her proven track record of effective leadership and banking expertise will be invaluable to all of our team members under her supervision."
Prior to joining SmartBank, Ortiz worked for the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union as both a Regional Operations Director and Branch Manager in Chattanooga.
"SmartBank is known for its progressiveness and forward thinking as a leading community bank with an exceptional reputation of providing excellent client service," said Ortiz. "I am extremely honored to join the bank and look forward to leading our team in meeting the financial and banking needs of individuals and businesses across Middle and East Tennessee."
Ortiz graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, Organizational Development, and is currently pursuing her MBA in Organizational Behavior.
She is a member of the Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2020, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area board of directors, and previously received the Latino Leadership Award. She has volunteered with La Paz Chattanooga, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 100 Black Men of Bradley County, Cleveland Middle School, and Bradley Central High School.