After living in Southern California during her early adulthood and spending her childhood in Mexico, Mara settled in Nashville 22 years ago where she and her husband raised two children, became actively engaged in the community and where Mara launched a successful career in real estate in 2000. Her professional real estate experience in Nashville has involved clients of all types, from single professionals to young families and even Fortune 500 relocation clients. Holding a home staging designation and fluent in Spanish, Mara brings a tool box of adaptable skills that make her equipped to meet almost any real estate need. Whether it be a first time buyer or a client seeking their dream home every client benefits from Mara’s vast years of experience.
Due to Mara’s unique qualifications, broad understanding of the city and reputation as a real estate industry leader, Mara was recently tapped by the current Nashville Mayor to serve on the city’s Board of Equalization. This organization holds the responsibility of applying fairness and evenhandedness to property tax assessments across Metro Nashville.
Mara and her husband, a Nashville native, have enjoyed living and working in many parts of the city including the Green Hills, Whitland, and Belle Meade areas. Currently living in the Belmont neighborhood, they have renovated multiple homes and even built from the ground up which adds valuable real-life experience she shares with clients. Mara’s husband works for the largest faith based nonprofit health system in Middle Tennessee where Mara often lends her help as a translator. They have two children: a son who currently lives and works in Nashville and a daughter who is working and living in New York City.
Ahhh… the urban legends that surround the pairing of this team… Many believe it was a clandestine meeting at a very upscale watering hole in Green Hills or possibly at the DMV.. But the truth is-Mara and Tim met at a previous Real Estate firm. They met and bonded over of all things…the love of Standard Poodles. It seems that the real credit of this powerhouse real estate team is all owed to the late and great Genevieve, Bentley and Paris. Mara and Tim started out their partnership slowly just helping each other out while one was away on vacation or having cosmetic surgery. Their first listing was, and is known affectionately as The Rabbit Pee House. Mara left town under the cloak of darkness only to return to a closed sale. Thrilled as she was, she thought “Now this is the way to sell real estate!” From there the friendship took off and the market tanked…. Luckily Mara and Tim discovered not only a mutual love of Standard Poodles, but the love of an afternoon pitcher of margaritas to help in the down market. Once the market made a rebound the Thompson Bennett team was well on their way to fame and fortune. Well they would have been if HGTV had picked up their pilot for The Sissy & Salsa Show. Apparently HGTV already had plenty of flamboyance and maracas… but Mara and Tim was sure it was age discrimination, or that possibly it was just too tacky for prime time.
Now after fourteen years (the best two weeks of Mara’s life) the team is still together, specializing in Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin. They pride themselves on having a keen eye for the market and good cocktail. Combining years of education, and 100’s of transactions, the Thompson Bennett team is unsurpassed in the quality of service, attention to detail and Tim’s sarcasm. Their motto is Expertise* Trust* Results, but it really should be “If you’re going to buy or sell a home, you should probably balance the stress with a bit of fun as well.” But let’s face it…that’s a bit long….
Whether a first time buyer, investor and in the luxury home market, the Thompson Bennett team is ready to help you!