Why Knoxville, Tennessee is a great place to live

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

The newest 'meme' challenge is to name 5 reasons why your hometown is a great place to live and to buy a house. There are so many reasons for Knoxville it's going to be tough limiting them to just 5 but that's the format so without further ado:

  1. You get a lot of house for your dollar in Knoxville. Our 3rd quarter 2006 median price for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, resale home was $149,900 compared to the national median of $211,000.
  2. Diverse economy translates to a stable economy with historically low unemployment and slow but steady home price appreciation; ours has averaged 3-5% annually for the past 15 years.
  3. Culturally diverse population increases knowledge and understanding of the shrinking globe (plus we have lots of great ethnic restaurants) ;-) University of Tennessee & nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratories have students and employees from over 70 countries.
  4. Huge "WOW" factor for the area; lots of things to see and do. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is less than 30 miles away, Knoxville is surrounded by great lakes for fishing and boating recreation, and lots more things to do.camping


 5.  Great weather with 4 distinct seasons of the year; not too hot in summer nor too cold in winter with marvelous spring and fall seasons



Backcountry camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National park

All the above factors and more are what led me to the welcome for my website: 

"I've lived in Knoxville and East Tennessee most of my life. It's a great place to live, work, and raise your family.  But don't take my word for it, come visit us and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed."

You can visit online and see what your housing dollar could buy for you in Knoxville, Tennessee. Please call or email with any Knoxville real estate or area questions.





Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc - Eustis, FL
Jim,  thanks for posting this.  It is great to hear about other markets.  Also, be aware there is another meme virus going around.  The Resolution Meme... someone might just tag you for it.  Tag :)
Jan 01, 2007 01:38 AM #1
Teri Isner
Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes - Orlando, FL
Jim Knoxville really still seems very affordable and I love the Smokey Mountain area!  You are right very picturesque!  Now if there was only no state income tax....
Jan 01, 2007 03:26 AM #2
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Teri, you've been misinformed, Tennessee has never had a tax on ordinary income to the best of my knowledge.

There is a 6% annual income tax on the dividends from stocks and interest income from bonds and notes.

The first $1,250 in taxable income received by a single filer is exempt. The first $2,500 in taxable income received by a joint filer is exempt.

Persons over 65 with total income less than $16,200 for a single filer or $27,000 for a joint filer are exempt"

The no income tax appeal is one of the factors that makes Tennessee such an attractive retirement area.


Jan 01, 2007 03:59 AM #3
Bonnie Erickson
Tangletown Realty - Saint Paul, MN
Snakes.  Snakes are the only reason I don't go south.  I do not know what I would do if I came across a big snake.  Garter snakes are fine, but those guys that bite.  Well, suffice it to say the people with the snake house and I would NEVER change places!
Jan 01, 2007 06:25 AM #4
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Jim - very nice post!  I've read your comments on your area for some time now, and if I were to ever leave my area, I'd give serious consideration to your area.  That amount of house for that small amount of money just blows my mind!!

I have been to the Smoky Mountains a number of times when I was younger, and I do remember them as very picturesque with plenty to do and see.  Beautiful area!

Thanks for sharing your area with us!


Jan 01, 2007 10:00 AM #5
Angus in Naperville IL
RE/MAX of Naperville - Naperville, IL

Jim - you make me want to visit!


Jan 01, 2007 01:23 PM #6
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Hey Angus, come on down; we would love to have you.

So far Scott & JK have been overnight guests, our mutual friend Bill Holt popped in for lunch a couple of months ago, and Al & Abby have been for a visit several times.

And Bonnie snakes dislike people as much as you dislike them; I guarantee they will leave you alone if you just leave them alone.

In over 40 years of hiking & camping in the east Tennessee mountains I've seen exactly one snake and he was wiggling for North Carolina off Gregory Bald in the Smoky Mountains. ;-)

Jan 01, 2007 01:55 PM #7
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Jim - you need to post a photo of Knoxville when the dogwoods and redbuds are in full bloom.  That will make everyone want to come to Tennessee. You could even do a post later this spring about the Dogwood Trail with several photos.
Jan 01, 2007 11:36 PM #8
As far as snakes go, my teens and I go herping as part of our hobby and for research. Our only encounter with a copperhead was in Middle Tennessee, and even then it just layed there basking in the sun and didn't bother us, but allowed us to photograph it. It's true, if you leave them alone, they leave you alone. One thing you don't want to miss is the large variety and beauty of the salamanders you will fine in East TN.  East state has it's own snake that has a bad rap, but in general it's just that, a bad rap. 
Apr 08, 2007 10:13 AM #9
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

We do have a large selection of salamanders.

One of my former clients is a Biology Professor at the University of Tennessee who took the job because of that; a Doctor (PhD type) of Salamanders.

The Dogwoods bloomed very early this year and last night's 20 degree temperatures nipped the blossome severely. They were spectacular this year up til then though.

This is what they looked like a couple of days ago. We have two huge Dogwood trees in the front yard of our house.

Knoxivlle tn Dogwoods

Apr 08, 2007 11:29 AM #10
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