real estate: Rethink Your Holiday Marketing Plan - 11/23/15 06:36 AM
Tis the season of rushing around, overindulging in deliciously decadent food and drink, going to parties, visiting with family and friends…. along with some of their random acquaintances that they bring home like stray pets. Evenings after work… (we will not discuss the random Google searches and Amazon purchases we make during the work day…..) are filled with running from store to store hoping to find all of the perfect…. and close enough to get by…. gifts for the people who are important to you. Or in some cases the people for whom you feel “duty bound” to buy a gift.
We … (0 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: The smells of the seasons... The good, the bad, and the deal breaker. - 10/20/15 09:24 AM
When you come home from a long day at work, and walk in to your home- what would be your ideal scent to walk in to?  Cinnamon and cloves burning? Garlic and onions simmering? Fresh laundry wafting through the air? As with your own preference, buyers too have an opinion on what they smell upon entering a home, and sometimes that opinion can carry over into their decision on whether or not the home is "ideal" for them.
As we dig more into the depths of autumn, the options of pumpkin and cinnamon become more abundant eveyrwhere you turn. When autumn turns … (0 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 3 Steps to Immediately Increase Your Homes Value in Knoxville TN - 07/02/10 08:48 AM
3 Steps to Immediately Increase Your Property's Value
How can you immediately make your house in Knoxville Tennessee more appealing and more sellable to Knoxville home buyers? In this article, I`ll go over 3 steps to quickly make your house the most attractive house possible to get the highest offer. By the end of this article, you’ll have a great idea of how to increase the perceived value of your home, so you can get the fastest sale for the highest price.
Step #1 – The Landscaping
The landscaping is an often overlooked part of creating an appealing look for your … (0 comments)

real estate: How much will this lower the final selling price? - 11/10/09 04:49 AM
There is a home that I will be listing within the this December and the sellers had a question for which I thought I would get others advice on. They purchased there home in 2003 as soon as it was finished being built. Six months later they discovered a huge mold problem which had taken over the crawlspace. The home owners have been in a very long battle with the builders trying to get this fixed under warranty for the past six years. They are supposed to have a judge make a final decision on who is responsible for what sometime … (3 comments)

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