knoxville homes: 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 homes: Your home stinks.... No, really, it smells - 06/01/15 12:16 AM
Real Estate Professionals must share many difficult truths and insights with our clients in order to help them reach their goal of selling their homes efficiently and at a desired price.  We point out potential selling challenges, instruct them to depersonalize, suggest they repaint their favorite colors neutral – all potentially emotional or explosive conversations.  BUT, one of the hardest things to tell someone is that they stink…. well… that their home stinks.  I’m certain everyone agrees that THIS has to be done…. delicately to say the least.  Oh yeah, EVERYONE wants to have that conversation…. “Mr. and Mrs. Jones, may … (2 comments)

knoxville homes: 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 homes: 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)

knoxville homes: Life with HOAs and CC&Rs - 05/03/15 02:46 AM
In the April 26, 2015 blog “Buyers, Agents, and HOAs” I defined HOAs and generally described the evolution that made them so common in today’s communities.  In this blog, I want to step forward and look at some of the pros and cons of living in an area governed by HOAs for buyers to consider.  The crucial thing I try to do for buyers, is not simply state the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions) of the potential HOA, buy also give meaningful examples of exactly HOW these affect residents daily lives.   So… I’ll do that here as well by using … (0 comments)

knoxville homes: Ahhh the Green, Green Grass of Home! - 04/12/15 02:58 AM
When potential buyers or any visitors really, pull up to your home, one of the first things that grabs their attention is your yard.  Is it lush and green? Is it neatly mowed and well maintained?  The answers to these subconscious questions tell a great deal about you and what you invest in your home.  In the last blog, we considered weeds and what you can do in the spring to prevent weeds from taking over and give you a head start on the summer battle.  The other step you can take in the spring is to improve the quality and … (0 comments)

knoxville homes: The quest for a weed-free lawn - 04/05/15 09:29 AM
There is just something special about pulling up to a house with a well kept lawn.  Not only is the plush green grass aesthetically appealing, it also sends messages to the subconscious about how the owners take care of the house maintenance.  A perfect lush green lawn is a reflection of the owners’ pride.  Think about the old sitcoms where the stereotypical fathers on the shows always had some sort of informal competition with the neighbors about their lawns…. 
Home owners can achieve this living green trophy of excellence in one of two ways, either they employ a lawn service at significant … (0 comments)

knoxville homes: 50 shades of neutral... - 03/22/15 04:19 AM
You've probably heard of, possibly read, and might have even seen "50 Shades of Grey", but do you know what's even more impressive, catchy, and confusing?  How about 50 shades of neutral. Or, what you experience when you go to a local hardware store and attempt to pick out a "neutral" color...
Tan, sand, beige, you name it- they all look "pretty much" the same, but which one do you chose? And WHY did my Realtor tell me to go with neutral? Yes, we all have that one neon teal room in our house accentuated with white trim that we just love, but.... it's gotta go. … (1 comments)

knoxville homes: Declutter with a dash of depersonalization - 03/15/15 04:48 AM
    As stated in a previous blog, making some investments in turning your home into the “HOUSE” of someone elses's dreams enhances your selling process.  Why? Well, when someone else looks at your home, they see all of the elements that have made it the comfortable part of “you” throughout your ownership.  They see the choices you have made ranging from how to decorate the living room to where to hang the family pictures, or what kind of rugs and paint colors YOU feel fit the space best.  If potential buyers don’t share our exact taste, they may not be able … (0 comments)

knoxville homes: Small Investments Really Benefit Sellers AND Buyers - 03/08/15 05:34 AM
Selling your house is a BIG decision, as mentioned in the previous blog, that usually takes a great deal of thought and emotion.  This process frequently involves a certain amount of bitter sweet detachment, as you imagine leaving behind your home which has been the setting of many personal and family memories.  Once you get past this stage, it is really easy to fixate on what will become your new home and to resist investing anything else (mentally, physically, OR especially financially) into your current home.  In your mind that would be…. doing things for the NEXT owner to enjoy the … (0 comments)

knoxville homes: When your "home" becomes a "house for sale". - 03/01/15 04:46 AM
You purchased your home most likely, because you loved it. You put your heart and soul into decorating it, every inch having its own significant meaning, and thought behind every decorative detail.  You may have gotten married in it, brought home your first child, or experienced a loss that makes it feel like it's an intricate part of your life within it's walls.
So when the time comes to relocate, the decision can be one of mixed emotions; excitement and sadness, anticipation and anxiety...   What can make those feelings even more amplified, is when your realtor comes in to your home and … (3 comments)

knoxville homes: Looking to buy a home? - 02/21/15 02:29 AM
We've got some amazing new homes listed, but hurry- becuase they won't last long!
This spacious 2 story home sits in a cul-de-sac with a large fenced in backyard complete with a waterfall and pond. This home offers 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms with the Master Bedroom on the main level. You will also find on the main level; high celins in the family room, an office/living room, large formal dining room, and an eat-in kitchen.  The second level features 3 bedrooms,  2 bathrooms, a bonus room, storage, and a balcony overlooking the family room.  A 3 car garage, and located next to … (2 comments)

knoxville homes: Understanding the "market" - 02/13/15 07:23 AM
So many times, you hear or see realtors speak of the "market". They tell you the market is "good", the market is "bad", the market is "crazy", etc. They use these tactics to pursuade you one way or the other.  But as a home buyer, or seller, (or both) you should understand exactly what "market" is being referred to, how it affects you, and what to do with that information. 
First and foremost, let's expand on the name, and include it in its' entirety. The "market" is short for the "housing market". You knew that aleady? You'd be amazed how many people didn't know … (0 comments)

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Blake Rickels, "The Name Friends Recommend" (Keller Williams Realty)

Blake Rickels

"The Name Friends Recommend"

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