knoxville: Knoxville, TN Realtor Recognized for Million-Dollar Successes - 01/27/16 02:14 AM
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Local Real Estate Professional Recognized for Million-Dollar Successes
 
Blake Rickels Earns Membership in Prestigious Million Dollar Guild®
 
Knoxville, TN ) – Blake Rickles, of The Blake Rickels Group with Keller Williams Realty, has been recognized by the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for his recent performance in the million-dollar and above luxury home market within the Knoxville, TN & surrounding areas.
 
“Real Estate professionals who have earned admittance to The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild® not only have specific upper-tier market knowledge, but they also understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and recognize the importance of being discreet,” … (0 comments)

knoxville: Knoxville, TN Realtor Earns Luxury Home Marketing Designation - 01/27/16 01:51 AM
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SALES PROFESSIONAL EARNS INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATION FOR LUXURY HOME MARKETING EXPERTISE
 
Knoxville, TN, 1-16-2016 -- Blake Rickels with The Blake Rickels Group at Keller Williams Realty has earned the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation in recognition of his experience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury home market. “Blake Rickels is an example of a real estate professional who has worked to develop market knowledge and the special skills and competencies necessary to provide exceptional service in the fine homes and estates marketplace,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore, upon announcing Rickels` designation. “Affluent buyers and sellers can turn to sales professionals … (1 comments)

knoxville: Community Means More Than Just Neighborhood: Knoxville for Runners - 12/13/15 08:17 AM
Frequently we speak with clients about communities. We talk about school zones, proximity to shopping or healthcare, and special attributes that distinguish one area from another. All of these things are truly important to buyers especially those relocating from outside the area. There is another type of community though that many clients are very interested in but honestly, I gave very little consideration to discussing until recently….. those are certain types of fitness communities. In this blog I want to outline a very active community in Knoxville and that’s the running community.
Knoxville has a pretty temperate climate that allows for running … (0 comments)

knoxville: The Good & Bad of Nextdoor: A Private Social Network for Neighborhoods - 10/26/15 02:45 AM
There’s a relatively new Social Network that is gaining popularity. It’s called Nextdoor and it is a private network that allows neighbors to post things and share information. The site’s mission statement says it is trying to “use the power of technology to build stronger safer neighborhoods.” Though it was founded in 2010 in California, it has only really proliferated here in the greater Knoxville, TN area in the past couple of years. Neighborhoods are beginning to replace group emails with this new communication system. Like everything, there are good and bad points to Nextdoor.
When you sign up for Nextdoor, you … (1 comments)

knoxville: Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, & Haunted Attractions Near Knoxville, TN - 10/05/15 04:18 AM
October in East Tennessee is one of the most breathtaking times of year to take in the beautiful natural vistas, from the changing leaves coloring the mountains to the contrasts of the autumn sunsets with the brilliant blue skies touching the crisp, sparkling water of the many waterways and lakes. Ahhhhh, yes, fall in full bloom! Pumpkins showing up in everything from front door décor to candle scents and of course spiced lattes….. who could argue with the absolute refreshing change from the warmth (ok sometimes more like oppressive heat) of summer. Some of the other things that permeate October are … (0 comments)

knoxville: Tasteful Luxury Home For Sale in Farragut, TN - 09/28/15 09:04 AM
Custom, exquisite, and rich with details, these are some of the first thoughts that will go through your mind when you take in all this home has to offer. I simply must share some thoughts about this listing, an exceptional luxury home in the heart of Farragut, TN. Allow me to take you through some of its many assets in words and I’ll provide links to the listing itself and photos too. It is getting more and more difficult to find newer construction within the greatly desired and convenient part of Farragut’s 37934 zip code which falls between Kingston Pike and … (1 comments)

knoxville: Football Food Ideas to Share With Friends! - 08/31/15 09:38 AM
3 Fabulous Football Season Foods For Sharing With Friends Who Value Flavor
Burgers Chili Pie Wings …. and Craft Beer
For your next football season tailgate or party, pull out all the stops and serve up these flavorful crowd pleasers! These aren’t for your “diet conscience” bland eating friends. These are the craving-inducing, delicious dishes that comfort us when our team’s struggling and help us celebrate the big wins. The main goal behind these recipes is TASTE.  We will look at how to temper our zeal for full on flavor with a nod toward our diet and gym oriented psyche in the … (1 comments)

knoxville: Introducing West Knoxville Water Front Estate For Sale - 08/23/15 01:27 AM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Introducing The Maison Vue Claire
        In Knoxville, TN, not more than a mile away from the Fort Loudoun Yacht Club, the gated River Club community of luxury homes stands aside Fort Loudoun Lake, a part of the Tennessee River. When approaching Maison Vue Claire, one is transported away from the certain knowledge that he or she has just left the lovely surroundings of an exclusive neighborhood and toward the captivating illusion that he is approaching an exquisitely secluded French Country Estate.  The gently curving private drive leads guests past lush landscaping with mature trees standing guard like soldiers … (0 comments)

knoxville: Reflecting on the Evolution of Housing Style Preferences - 08/16/15 07:10 AM
First, please understand that these ponderings are in the spirit of generalities, observations, conversations, requests, and my perceptions. There are exceptions to every rule and there are buyers for every home…. I really believe that.  It is also true that price points affect selections and requests and necessity – yes, check, given.  What I’m talking about is just a subtle shift in demand, and wish lists, and dreams, NONE of this is scientific, nor do I have data or evidence to substantiate it…. I was really just thinking – so read on in that spirit and share, if you want, what … (3 comments)

knoxville: Knoxville TN Lifestyle for Sale - 08/09/15 08:22 AM
Let’s talk honestly for a moment.  As real estate professionals we aren’t simply selling houses, or even “homes”.  Most of the time, we are selling far more than what will be transferred in the Deed.  We are selling neighborhoods, school districts, cities, and occasionally even states.  That probably sounds grand but think about it, no matter how attractive or attractively priced the home is, if it’s in a “less desirable” area of town, or neighboring properties have been neglected, if the city’s taxes are a burden, if the restrictions are unreasonable….. any of these things can effectively crush a deal.  That … (0 comments)

knoxville: Gorgeous Home Located in Knoxville Tennessee - 07/26/15 09:26 AM
Introducing 2004 Cawood Falls Lane, in Knoxville, TN.  This stunning home features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2790 sqft with an additional 1480 sqft. unfinished basement! Brick exterior sets the tone for this visually stunning residence YOU could call "home", with an open floor plan and high ceilings to accentuate the spaciousness you will feel as you relax in front of your fireplace with your friends and family.  Decorative crown molding and hardwood floors solidify marking this house as a must-see on your list, and the neighborhood swimming pool makes this location the ideal summer get away that doesn't actually require you to "get-away".
 
For more information, or to … (22 comments)

knoxville: Schools Around Knoxville - 07/20/15 01:47 AM
When it comes time to buy a home or build a home, chances are if you have children- or have plans to one day have children, that you will take a moment (or more!) to research the school your child would be zoned for, and learn about what it offers, as well as the type of “rating” it has received over the years.  I wanted to take a moment and gather some information pertaining to the surrounding schools in our area, and make it a little easier for a potential buyer to find information regarding a possible school zone for their … (0 comments)

knoxville: Knoxville Realtor Earns Designation for Luxury Home Marketing - 07/16/15 04:08 AM
Knoxville Realtor Earns International Designation For Luxury Home Marketing
 
 BLAKE RICKELS EARNS INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATION
FOR LUXURY HOME MARKETING EXPERTISE
 
(Knoxville, TN, 07/16/2015) --  Blake Rickels with Blake Rickels & Associates at Keller Williams Realty in Knoxville, TN has earned the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® designation in recognition of his experience, knowledge and expertise in the luxury home market.  “Blake Rickels is an example of a real estate professional who has worked to develop market knowledge and the special skills and competencies necessary to provide exceptional service in the fine homes and estates marketplace,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore, upon announcing Rickels` designation.  “Affluent buyers and sellers can turn to … (2 comments)

knoxville: The Perils of Personal Vanity and Real Estate - 07/12/15 10:03 AM
Let’s be honest, Real Estate Professionals come face to face with their own sense of vanity (or lack of) many times in some very big…. literally BIG ways.  Think about all the places our personal images are prominently displayed.  How many portraits of our cohorts are featured in every newspaper? Many of our listing signs have our smiles prominently on view.  Our websites and social media pages are also branded with our image.  Let’s not forget the billboards…. it is a little unnerving seeing your photo on a scale THAT large as you drive by a prime advertising position.  Don’t think … (2 comments)

knoxville: Let's talk about the Brass Tacks - 06/28/15 10:10 AM
Just like trends in fashion, there are features in home décor that go in and out of favor.  Although I have recently read that gold and brass toned fixtures are trying to make a comeback, and have seen some lovely magazine photos featuring the return of warmer toned finishes, it will be a while before the general homeowner or buyer jumps on that bandwagon…. Regardless of how far on the cutting edge one’s style preferences may be, aged brass and gold toned fixtures that have been in place since their original hay-day will NOT show well.  For the purposes of this … (0 comments)

knoxville: Don't Return From Vacation Into a Nightmare! - 06/21/15 09:36 AM
There are so many things we do to prepare for our vacations…. pick a destination, make travel arrangements, make lists for packing, settle our outstanding work obligations, lest I forget SAVE money for the trip, etc….  For many of us this is that once a year chance to walk away from ALL of our chores and many of our toils and responsibilities to a mini-escape that will refresh and reinvigorate us with an abundance of fun, relaxation, and “do-nothing-we-don’t-want-to-ness” until the next year.  Most people gradually return from these vacations to their everyday lives with an unusually light and positive air … (2 comments)

knoxville: Caulk: Homeowners’ Friend or Foe? - 06/14/15 10:01 PM
How can something that seems so simple, be so difficult to do well? Furthermore, how can something so rarely considered by people have such a big affect on the final aesthetic of so many things?  If you haven’t guessed by now, I am talking about caulk.  It sounds silly, but when your profession takes you and your critical eyes in countless houses, odds are you have seen the after effects of caulking mishaps.  
Caulk is like an unsung hero.  If it is doing its job, and if it has been applied correctly, no one should ever notice or think twice about … (4 comments)

knoxville: Too much of a good thing... In Real Estate? - 06/07/15 10:05 AM
I recently heard another realtor remark that she was almost hopeful she didn’t get any more referrals or listings for a couple of weeks.  WHAT? Who says that? Slackers? Well, before you jump to those conclusions let me add that this person is someone I consider a true professional dedicated to a high level of customer service and genuinely invested in her career.  Hmmm.  Now what? Well, my initial instinct was to be almost repulsed by such a statement and to take a quick step away lest the powers of bad karma should rub off on anyone within hearing.  But then she … (1 comments)

knoxville: Extra Exposure - 05/24/15 06:14 AM
First of all, remember this is a real estate blog so if you weren’t thinking in terms of marketing when you read the title, you may want to move on to, shall we say…. feistier subject matter. In two previous blogs I have outlined a couple of very important points that people should consider before placing their houses on the market “For Sale By Owner”.  The first blog, “Reasons to Rethink For Sale By Owner” really examines pricing a home correctly from the beginning and how a professional Realtor’s guidance and experience can make a huge difference in accomplishing this.  The … (3 comments)

knoxville: Having a professional negotiator - 05/17/15 09:00 AM
In the blog titled Reasons to Rethink “For Sale By Owner” I started exploring some of the things sellers should consider before putting their homes on the market without the help of a professional.  That blog focused on price.  It considered the idea of accurately pricing a home the first time by partnering with a professional real estate agent.  An agent can consider all of the current market factors and help set an asking price that will attract the appropriate buyers from the beginning rather than under or over valuing the home and losing out on the initial frenzy of interest.  … (0 comments)

 
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