By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published April 10, 2015

Local real estate agent Carrie Parker Peery will be the property manager for two White Bluff municipal rental properties.

The White Bluff Council unanimously voted Tuesday evening to enter a contract with Peery to manage the two properties for the town, during their regular meeting at Town Hall.

In March, the council authorized Mayor Linda Hayes to hire a property manager for the town’s house at 218 Church St. and the old library building at 1020 Taylor Town Road.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Hayes recommended entering a 1-year property manager contract with Peery for the properties. Peery is a real estate broker and owner of Parker Peery Properties in Dickson.

“This is her business,” Hayes said. “She has a staff that does nothing but rentals.”

Hayes reportedly met with Peery twice, who looked at the properties.

Hayes also received interest in the position from Councilperson Brandon Gossett and a third person. Gossett couldn’t be the property manager, Hayes said, and the other person didn’t pan out.

Peery plans to rent the old library building as commercial property, and the house as residential, Hayes noted.

Peery will list the properties at comparable market value, Hayes said, and suggested $900-$1,000 monthly rent for each property. Hayes must sign off on any rental fee negotiations.

“At that price that would really help our budget, I’ll tell you that,” Hayes said.

The Church Street house requires “a little bit of an update,” Hayes reported. The carpet will be replaced, and the walls painted, she said, along with some cleaning and remodeling.

The house has three bedrooms, with a potential fourth room available as a bedroom, and two bathrooms.

Peery’s commission will be 10-percent of the rental fees.

“The thing I like about it is she manages it; we do not get into anything,” Hayes said. “I don’t want the town involved personally with it, so we have a property manager. She takes care of everything.”

Vice Mayor Dan Clark moved to enter the contract with Peery, seconded by Councilperson Connie Reed.

The council voted to buy the Church Street property in January last year for $85,000 before the house went on the market.

The Jennie Woodworth Public Library recently moved from its Taylor Town Road location to the new Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center.