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We partnered with Arthur Rutenberg Homes to offer an incredible opportunity to build your Knoxville Dream Home on a beautiful lakefront lot.

We have worked with the team at ARH to select the perfect house plans for the best lakefront deal in Jefferson Park! The “Asheville” is a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home that boasts over 6,000 sq ft. An entertainer’s dream– this home is complete with a wine pantry, wet bar, open floor plan, sliding doors onto the generous covered porch, gourmet chef’s kitchen, spa like master bath and spacious luxury closet. No detail was spared and incredible thought goes into each design choice of an Arthur Rutenberg home. Take a 3D tour of the “Asheville”. 

The available lot is one of the last lakefront, dockable, level (basement) lots in Jefferson Park. Arthur Rutenberg Homes proposed new construction or purchase vacant lot ($399k) & bring your own builder.

You will fall in love with the popular waterfront community in West Knoxville. This community features walking trails, tree-lined boulevards, an open air pavilion, community marina & gorgeous views.

Other amenities including a pool, fire pit, basketball court & the newest YMCA at the entrance of the subdivision. Plan specifications & pricing subject to site conditions & any Architectural Review requirements. Pricing will be based on finish level of local Model Home.

 

 

 

*Pictures & renderings are of ”Similar Home”. Home not currently built. Survey available upon request. Agent/Owner

For several years we have seen a drastic increase in the number of buyers who expect a home to be equipped with at least some level of smart home technology.

The Knoxville real estate market aligns pretty consistently with national trends. According to the 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trend report by the National Association of Realtors, millennials are looking to purchase smart homes. And, since millennials make up the largest group of potential homebuyers, it’s more than safe to say spending money on smart home technology will pay off when it comes time to sell your Knoxville home. In fact, studies have shown that this group of buyers are willing to pay more for a home if it is fitted with smart technology.

So what is a “smart home”?

Smart Home technology is a “device that’s connected to the Internet that allows you to control, monitor, and automate it from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.” For example: programmable thermostats, automated lights, locks that automatically unlock as you arrive. 

It’s hard to know which “smart” products are completely worth the investment and will have a return on investment for the homeowner. One of the most requested smart devices is a programable thermostat, such as Nest. According to Nest’s website their product has a significant potential to save you money, and energy— “on average the Nest Thermostat saved 10% to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling. Based on typical energy costs, we’ve estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year. That means the Nest Thermostat paid for itself in under two years. $131 to $145 estimated average savings per year.” PC Magazine gives the product their stamp of approval and in fact, gives the device an Editor’s rating of Excellent for it’s ease of use and wide variety of functions.

But what does this mean for you? Simply that this is the thinking and reasoning of today’s home buyer. They want systems in place that make their day easier, make their home safer and help them save money. Americans are always looking for ways to simplify their daily tasks, smart home technology is a way to do just that. Imagine, lights that automatically come on (at the perfect dimmed level) at your wakeup time and then shut off when you leave the house. An automated coffee pot that has your daily java waiting for you when you wake and shuts off when you close the door to leave. These are all things that home buyers are excited about.

Even though millennials are the leader in smart-home cravings, and desire for connected devices, they aren’t alone. In fact, everyone is buying smart home technology, just for different reasons. According to Real Estate Tech News “43 percent of Americans with smart home products are millennials, 33 percent are aged 33-54, and 24 percent are 55 and older.”

Before you retrofit your home with smart tech, consider what type of device your demographic is most attracted to. Need tips? We can help. Recommendations? We do that, too. We work with buyers and sellers all over the Knoxville area and know what devices are most attractive and to whom. Want an easy way to increase your home’s value? Add a few connected devices… but talk to us first! 

Tiffany Dorn Real Estate
413 S Northshore Dr, Suite D, Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 315-8778

Summer means people spend more time traveling. But what are some things you should do to keep your most valuable possessions safe while you’re away? Our in-house law enforcement staffer, Alan Massengill, who served in law enforcement for the past 37 years and recently retired as Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Oak Ridge, says homeowners-insurancethere are four key safety measures you must take before you leave home:

1. SHOW ACTIVITY– Make the house look like someone is home. There are easy ways to accomplish this without breaking the bank. The most cost effective way is to simply ask a friend or neighbor to check on things and show activity around the property. Turn the lights off and on, have cars coming and going etc. You can also purchase timers for your 

lights, or, if you’re really tech savvy, consider purchasing some smart home technology (like these nifty switches from Belkin: WeMo) that allow you to adjust your lighting from anywhere using an app on your cell phone or computer.

You’ll also want to stop your mail, keep your lawn mowed, and avoid any other visible sign that shows a lack of activity in your home. For example, leaving porch lights on all week, or having Amazon boxes (it’s that time of year) pile up on your doorstep. 

2. DON’T BE A TARGET– Make sure that you always have deterrents to potential burglars. Don’t have high shrubs or trees blocking windows, especially at the basement level. You don’t want to give someone a way to hide or be shrouded from the street. Post home security signs and stickers around doors and windows. In today’s society there are tons of companies to choose from that will offer a variety of ways to protect and monitor your home- from basic door sensors and alarms, to motion sensors and cameras. All these devices will add security to your property and belongings. In fact, Massengill says not only does having cameras on the property ringdoorbell-pro-400x250help deter any wrongdoing, but in rare cases of crime could also potentially assist law enforcement in identifying who was there. One great new home technology is the video doorbell. Check out RING.com

3. MAKE YOUR HOME FIRE SAFE– Be sure to unplug and turn off any appliance or electronics before leaving for vacation, to limit the risk of fire while you’re away.

4. HAVE AN I.C.E.– Just incase something does go wrong while you are away it’s important to have an In Case Of Emergency person assigned, someone who can go to the home if the alarm goes off or there is a fire. Someone who can unlock the door, and help you get in touch with law enforcement or a first responder if needed. We often overlook this one, but what happens if that alarm sounds in the wee hours of the night and you’re across the country? Do you have someone who can check to see if the alarm is legitimate? Someone who can alert the authorities if it’s more than a false alarm?

And, being the age of ever-changing technology, we are not surprised to find that houses equipped with Smart-Home technology actually sell for a higher price, according to a study by Caldwell Bankers. According to the study “…those [homes with] already-installed smart devices could make a huge difference in how much alarmhouseand how quickly a buyer might spend on a home purchase” and “81 percent of current smart-home device owners say they would be more willing to buy a home with connected tech in place”. In fact, now that more “millennials” are the age to purchase homes, the percentage of people who feel smart home technology should be standard greatly increases. According to the study, 47% of millennial buyers (18-34 year olds) “have smart home products in their home” and are interested in purchasing a house that utilizes some type of technology, especially house-familyif the buyer has children.

At Tiffany Dorn Real Estate we love helping buyers find their dream homes around Knoxville, and know how much time, energy and expense goes into making that house a home. It’s important we protect that investment and ensure our family and belongings are safe, especially during vacation season. Want more information about home safety? We’d love to chat! Call us today. 

So house trends, like anything, can be fleeting.  Somethings we think have serious staying power, while others seem to be a passing fad.

So what are some safe design bets, where can you take some risk and what should you stay away from?

We always talk about the kitchen being the heart of the home. That is one thing that probably will not change anytime soon, if ever. So the kitchen can also be the most important space to design. The white kitchen has been a definite trend for almost a decade now, with more and more people looking to the sleek, clean spa-like pallet. However, a few weeks into the new year we heard mumbles and murmurs of colorful cabinets being the biggest design trend for 2018. What we found to be true in the Knoxville real estate market though, and what West Coast stylists were declaring on Instagram didn’t necessarily sync up. Although buyers in Knoxville liked the idea of a colorful kitchen the same sentiment was declared over and over, “Will I tire of blue cabinets?” And, our thoughts were confirmed with the march issue of Southern Living- the west coast might be loving the playful blues, green and beyond but Knoxville is still craving the clean, white kitchen.

Furthermore, one distinct design trend we are seeing is the want and need for a big pantry. In fact, more and more buyers are adding this to the “must-have” list. Echoing this finding is again, Southern Living’s article about the trends for this year- the big pantry that doubles as a work prep area is increasingly more important. Why though? Mainly because families are looking for ways to keep their kitchens clean and tidy.

The idea of playing with paint doesn’t just stay in the kitchen; gone are the days of builder beige. Now families are playing with deep, saturated greens and bright pops of blue. The three trending shades for not only paint but also furnishings is blush, deep green and blue. Paint is an area where we feel you can afford to take some risks. Unlike your cabinets or structural designs, paint is relatively easy to change and typically doesn’t break the bank. But, if you’re not ready to apply a new coat on the walls, adorn your door with a fresh pop of paint. In fact, according to Zillow, houses with blue doors tend to sell faster and for more money.

Wall coverings are a big interior design trend, and although we aren’t sold on the idea, it can be done to add a tasteful point of interest. 

The other room in the home that is climbing the “must have” list is the laundry room. Not only are our stagers helping sellers make this area of the home more inviting, we are hearing the same statements from buyers, “how is the laundry room?” This is one area we recommend you spend a little more time on, clean it up and make it seem fresh and inviting. People should want to do laundry, ha!

Since the housing market is hot in East Tennessee and there continues to be a serious lack of inventory, some of these items may not be a huge factor in how quickly your home sells, but it doesn’t hurt to do some research and planning before you jump on any design trends.

Today you can Google almost any topic and find a million blogs, articles, and personal testimonies about any given subject. Researching how to stage a home is no different. And, if you do read any of these blogs, Pinterest pins, or DIY-er testimonies, you will ultimately find the same basic pointers and tips. 1. Declutter. 2. Make it light and bright. 3. Remove personal artifacts. etc. etc.

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However, none of these basic tips are really enough to effectively “stage to sell”. And why would they be? Why would a bonafide stager give you all the secrets and tricks of the trade? And, even if they did, the fact is it wouldn’t really matter because the average homeowner isn’t able to see past their own style and setup to effectively stage a home.

Bottom line: you need a professional. Someone who has been trained to market your home and not your possessions. For example, in any home in America you will find the living room set up to capitalize on the television. But this furniture configuration isn’t what helps sell the layout of the space. A trained and experienced stager has worked with a multitude of home layouts and knows what will work in each area to sell and maximize that space. It’s important to remember we live and sell in two different ways. Of course, it’s always important to clean and tidy before a showing, but a stager helps you showcase the best side of your home, highlighting its assets in a way that you may not even have envisioned yourself.

The first step in marketing your property is getting your home to look fabulous; make it look like a model home. By staging your home to look more like a model and less like yours you enable a potential buyer to envision themselves living in the home. Staging means more than removing some pictures and cutting down on how many things are hanging in your closet. A professional stager and designer can look at your space and your possessions with a fresh set of eyes and will be able to see things you, the homeowner, simply can’t. Perhaps a chair that is in your living room would really add value in the master bedroom. Or the kitchen table better complements the space and square footage if adjusted 90 degrees. A vibrant accent wall that you love dearly may turn off potential buyers. A professional stager can look at what you have and repurpose some of the items to better suit, and thus sell, the home. A stager will use your items to help market your space and capitalize on the specific details that will help sell your home.

The next step in marketing your home is having professional pictures to truly showcase the home and the home’s features. A stager knows what will photograph well and can help you better prepare for the photographer. That way, the house will photograph beautifully, enabling the agent to better market the home. A stager will help you arrange items in the home so that the images will highlight the selling features and minimize or hide any potential distractions. In this day and age, almost all home searches start online so having great pictures is key. Better marketing means a quicker sale which means more money in your pocket!

When you are getting ready to sell your home you need someone who is going to truly set up your home for success. Someone who will use all avenues to help maximize the marketing of your home. This is why we hire professionals to help prepare your home to be listed. We include professional staging consultations and photography with every home we sell at no additional cost to the seller. We believe that it’s imperative for every home look its absolute best when listed, and that’s why we stop at nothing to ensure that sellers always feel that they’re putting one of their most prized possessions- their home- into our hands. We work with Creative Staging Solutions, a local home staging company. Ida has numerous years of experience, and can walk into almost any home and know on the spot what to do to enhance the visual appearance of the home.

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home now is a great time. Take advantage of all we offer and have professionals help prepare your home to sell, fast! We’d love to talk details. Call us today!

Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about curb appeal. Especially if you are considering selling your home in the upcoming months. There are some inexpensive things you can do to add curb appeal that will update and refresh your home and give any potential buyers a warm welcome.

Adding layers of plants will give more dimension to your porch. Pick things of varying heights, placing taller ornamental grass in the back and add drooping flowers to add a pop of color.

Applying a fresh coat of paint to a garage door is always a good idea. Painting tip— it’s always best to do exterior painting in cooler months so paint drys and is applied properly. And, speaking of painting, did you know that homes with a blue door tend to sell for more money? Crazy but true, at least according to a new study by Zillow. Or if your house has shutters, look and see if they could use a fresh coat of paint. By painting anything that looks faded or worn you revive the overall feel of the home. 

Some other simple (and inexpensive) ideas are to give the house numbers a “pop” or add some to a display or wreath. You want your house to feel like home and give the potential buyer the same feeling. Or, replace old and outdated fixtures. Even if you don’t change the fixture be sure nothing is cracked or broken. 

Pretty, well manicured landscaping is a big selling factor. The opposite is true as well, if a potential buyer thinks they will need to invest in some serious landscaping help they are less likely to fall in love because they instantly noticed a hurdle. You want that first glimpse to be all about what the house has to offer, not what it needs in terms of work or updates.

Have a boring garage door or just need to make it stand out? Add a garage door arbor and some pretty followers. Don’t want to go that far? You can purchase a decorative garage door hardware kit and instantly update a standard door. 

Revamp your welcome mat. Toss old, damaged mats and pick up a pretty new one.

Last tip, give your mailbox a makeover. Plant seasonal flowers around the base and frame it with stones.

Now, you’re ready to sell! 

Spring is the best time to spruce up the inside and outside of your home. Especially if you’re thinking about selling.

As the weather starts to shift from cold and grey winter days to warm, sunny skies a lot of people start to think about homeownership and real estate sales. Typically, the spring is the most popular time to buy and sell real estate in Knoxville. While mortgage rates have slowly started to rise over the last year, they still remain low. 

Bottom line, now is a perfect time to start thinking about preparing your home to sell, although we encourage all potential sellers to consult a REALTOR® before you undergo a major (or minor) home renovation. An agent, can review the pros and cons of any home improvement idea, and help you make sound decisions on any potential investments in home improvements, as well as offer ideas on ways to sell your home fast and for top dollar. Our agents are in-tune with trends in real estate in Knoxville and can offer excellent advice and insight into what home buyers are looking for. Although it’s still too cold to spend the day outside painting or plating, now is a great time to start the process so that as real estate season gears up you are ready. 

Think about adding curb appeal. This can be done by painting your front door and usinmessages-image4215303843g pops of colorful plants and welcoming flowers around your mailbox and porch. In fact, Zillow recently conducted a study and found that homes with front doors painted in shades of “dark navy blue to slate gray sold for $1,514 more”. We recommend trying Hale Navy a dark blue paint by Benjamin Moore. Also start thinking about cleaning up any debris that has accumulated during the cold winter months and replace any broken pots, outdoor furniture or light fixtures. Add a seasonal wreath to your door and use decorative pillows on any outdoor furniture. Elevate your exterior by creating “custom” shutters or update your garage door with a dark gel stain. The cooler months are the best time to do any exterior painting- so if your door, or entire exterior, could use a touchup or makeover- now is the time to get painting or seek the help of local professionals. You can start to get quotes on painting and get some of the work done now to be ready to sell your home in peak season. Read about more ways to add curb appeal.

Create an inviting patio. When selling your home, you want to help people envision their life there. One great way is to show them all your home has to offer– like a relaxing patio or welcomessages-image979973062ming deck. Use potted plants to create a beautiful space with a variety of greenery and color. Add outdoor lighting with string lights, lanterns, or candles. If you have the space, think about a fire pit or hammock. Anything you can do to help liven up your outdoor space will help sell the place.

Declutter! One of the best ways to sell a home is to declutter. Start with closets and cabinets. When people come to your home they don’t want to see 100 shoes shoved into a small closet. Make the space look larger by having less in it. Organize your shelves and remove objects to help create a clean, presentable space. In fact, Tiffany Dorn Real Estate goes one step farther to help you with this. We work with professional stagers and interior designers who come and consult with each of our sellers to make sure they are presenting the best possible spaces. Our stagers offer tips and advice on how to organize or rearrange to help make your home ready to photograph and sell.

Get ready now so you can hit the prime market for home sales in Knoxville. Inventory is low in and around our most popular zip codes, which means that almost anytime is a great time to sell your home in Knoxville. However, if you want to really hit the real estate sweet spot— have it ready to list by May! Zillow recently published a study of various listings across the United States and found that, nationwide, homes listed in May sold an average of nine days faster than homes listed at other times. March, April and May are the peak times to sell a home in Knoxville, and we notice many homes go under contract within the first 30 days during these months. “This season is expected to be an extremely good time to be a seller, said Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the untitled-23National Association of Realtors.”

Ready to take the plunge and get advice on how to sell your home fast and for more money in Knoxville? Call us today to schedule an appointment with our 5-Star Seller’s Specialist, Tiffany Dorn. With over 200 5-Star reviews, and 142 sales in the last 12 months, Tiffany is one of the top producing real estate agents in and around Knoxville. Her selling strategies are aggressive and have a record of proven success. Read more about premier agent, Tiffany Dorn.

Real estate is a complex dance where the buyer and seller rely on the expertise of two agents to safely navigate one of the most important purchases in a lifetime. So before you send your Realtor in to negotiate your deal, you should be sure about the substantial item you are about to purchase.

  1. Prioritize Needs and Wants

Before you start running all over town looking at houses, you should have a clear and concise list of must-haves or deal breakers. You need to know, and have them ranked, which items are the driving force behind your decision. A lot more goes into a home search than just price. For example, if you have school-aged children school districts, and specific schools, may greatly influence where you start your search. Using a tool like Great Schools, is an excellent way to research specific schools within the Knoxville area. You may also consider the list of things that are important to you such as commute, proximity to shopping or the highway. You’ll want to determine a list of priorities for the specifics of the home as well. How many bedrooms, do you need or want a basement, is a level lot important? Having a well organized, and prioritized, list will help you find the perfect home and will eliminate any snap decisions and wasted time. It is impossible to find a home that checks every box, but you can get close. It’s important to determine, before you start looking, which items you are willing to sacrifice and what you can’t live without.  A few things we urge all Knoxville homebuyers to consider:

  1. basement, crawl space or slab preference
  2. guest bedroom or extra space for extended family
  3. amenities (i.e. a community pool or playground)
  4. yard preference
  5. location
  6. schools
  7. commute
  8. one level living vs multiple
  9. family-friendly neighborhood
  10. storage needs

2.  Do Your Homework

Visit any potential houses at various times. If you’re looking for a family-friendly neighborhood you may want to visit the home after school hours and see how many children are outside playing or walking home from the bus. Is traffic noise an issue at certain times a day, or days of the week? Do you plan to garden, and does the back yard get enough sun to sustain that raised bed? Is there terrible traffic in the afternoons that will cause you to spend more time than you’d like in the car after work?

Consider reaching out to friends who may know someone who lives in the development who can share information with you that may be beneficial. When does the bus arrive? How cooperative is the HOA?

If there is an HOA read the Covenants and Restrictions and make sure everything that is on your must-have list will be acceptable at your new address. For example, are playgrounds and fences allowed? Can you have a pool etc.?

Ask your agent about resale in that area and have them pull comparable listings to see the average home sale on the street and how long each sale took.

3. Get Pre-Approved

Contact a local lender to find out the specifics of what you can afford and get a firm understanding of what your payment would be at the top of your buying power. Decide how much money you will need for a downpayment and cash for closing costs. Stick to this budget. It’s easy to get caught up in a home you can “almost afford” but it’s best to not even look at something that is out of your price range.

4. Be Ready To Buy

You’ve done your research and have found “the one”- now you need to be able to actually write an offer. You want to present an offer with your best foot forward so having your financing inline and no contingencies is best. Sellers are more likely to negotiate price if they don’t have to wait for you to sell a house before you can buy. Plus, in Knoxville homes tend to sell quickly so if you shop too early you may see something you love that will already be sold once you can actually make an offer. Save time and stress by getting your house on the market and under contract before you attempt to find your new home.

Ready to start looking for your dream home? Our experienced team of agents are well versed in the Knoxville real estate market and are fantastic negotiators. Give us a call today to start your search. 865.315.8778

Lenoir City is nationally known as the “Lake Capital of the South.” This reference originates from the fact that Lenoir City is surrounded by three beautiful lakes. Close to downtown Knoxville, Lenoir City offers residents the perfect blend of city and lake life.

Located in beautiful Loudon County in southeast Tennessee, there’s plenty to do in and around the city. Lenoir City is a great spot for hikers and nature lovers as it has several great natural landmarks and nearby parks. For those interested looking for things to do outdoors in Lenoir City, try spending the afternoon at the Tennessee Valley Winery or visit the local favorite dairy-based Sweetwater Valley Farms. And, did you know that Lenoir City is home to the famous National Landmark, the Lost Sea, America’s largest underground lake?

Since city limits are just a short 30 minute drive from downtown Knoxville, residents can enjoy all that both cities have to offer without the higher price tag of most homes in a Knoxville zip code. The median home value in Lenoir City is $111,600, considerably lower than the median value in Knoxville at $130,000, making Lenoir City a great option.

Featured Listings In Lenoir City:

4570 Brooksview Rd Lenoir City, TN 37772

Stunning waterfront home with spectacular views. 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and over 4,000 sq ft of living space. Offered at $599,900

 

180 Hidden Oaks Lane Lenoir City, TN 37772

 One level living on a quite street. Beautiful all brick, 3 bedroom 2 bath with large open kitchen. Offered at $197,000

 

 

1285 Brandywine Drive Lenoir City, TN 37772

Serene Setting! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath home has over 4,600 sq ft of living space, a finished basement and a flat backyard. Situated on 3.75 acres. Offered at $550,000

3 Things to Consider When Hiring a Realtor

Everyone has a friend, or a brother or a cousin, or a friend of a friend who is a real estate agent in Knoxville. It can often be hard to select the right agent, especially when you have to wade through the thousands of real estate agents in and around the Knoxville area. How do you determine which is the right one to help sell your Knoxville home, or to help you find your dream home.

There are three things we urge everyone to consider when choosing a Realtor:

1.History:

In theory, it is nice to give that rookie agent a chance to make it big in real estate, and if they are working under a seasoned agent or broker, that may be an acceptable decision. However, take time to do your research. How much do they actually know about the real estate market in Knoxville. Do they know the price that certain zip codes, or neighborhoods, command? Do they have a reliable track record that proves their ability to buy and sell real estate? This is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make, you want to be sure you aren’t overpaying, underselling, or leaving money on the table. Will your agent be able to accurately write an offer, a legal contract that hinges you to a potential home purchase or sale? You don’t want to be days away from the closing table to find out your agent made a drastic error on a legal contract and now you’re not going to close on that dream home, or your buyer is going to walk away because the washer and dryer don’t convey. Check an agent’s recent sales and reviews. What does that show about their history?

2. Not Just A Salesman:

Just because an agent gives you a high number for the sale price of your home, or promises they’ll find a buyer in under 30 days, doesn’t mean the market will justify that price tag, or that they can actually guarantee they have a buyer. In fact, we urge you to be overly cautious with anyone who makes promises. Such as, “we promise to sell your home faster and for more money” or “we will sell your home, guaranteed.” The only promise an agent should make is to strive to provide you with exceptional care and service! You are trusting this person with a huge financial responsibility that can have great impacts on your life and future; you want to be sure they take the care that is needed to protect you and that investment. An agent should pull comparable homes and be able to mathematically justify the price of a home. They should have their hand on the pulse of the real estate market– and be willing to explain their method for determining price.

3. Marketing:

Real estate agents get blamed all the time for simply throwing a sign in a yard and uploading a listing to the MLS, and for some agents this may be the case. However, a 5-Star Realtor will be able to justify their commission. Be sure when you select an agent you know how they plan to market your home. They should provide real estate photography and professional staging. They should have a digital marketing strategy and be able to put your home in front of people through digital platforms and social media. Can they test the market with a Coming Soon campaign? Do they plan to use prime images to best attract a buyer to your home? Are they active on social media, and do they understand how to digitally market a home? If not, you may want to consider what else they are doing to go above and beyond to sell your home.

In a field where there are so many choices, it is important to really invest some time and research all potential agents. Have consultations with more than one and gauge how knowledgeable they are in the current real estate market, what were their most recent sales. How many Zillow reviews do they have and how active are they on social media? Are they an influencer or just someone who does this on weekends? 

Why is fall a great time to sell your Knoxville home? It’s simple. The autumn months create three basic reasons for making it an optimum time to sell:

 

Why is fall a great time to sell your Knoxville home? It’s simple. The autumn months create three basic reasons for making it an optimum time to sell:

  1. Less Competition– Since summer is peak season for real estate you will be able to capitalize on having less competition. In fact, right now in Knoxville there are less than 1,200 homes on the market under $400k, which may seem like a lot until you start zeroing in on specific zip codes. For example, 37922 currently only has about 100 homes on the market, and 37934 has 68! Even more incredible, 37919 has about 63 homes for sale. During the summer these numbers were more than doubled. Capitalize on the lack of inventory by listing your home in the fall. And, real estate agents in the area have actually been asking for people to consider selling since there is such a lack of options in and around the Knoxville area. When inventory is so low two things happen:  It becomes a definite seller’s market. Buyer’s take less time debating writing an offer due to fear of loss. When fewer homes sit on the market for shorter periods of time it creates a sense of urgency for the buyer. The fear that, “If I don’t act now I could lose it.” This is an ideal situation for sellers because that normally equals fewer showings and a quicker list to close timeline. 
  2. Pressure to Move Before The Holidays– Most people do not want to be packing, moving or preparing their home for a showing during the holidays. This means there is an increased pressure to buy a home and move in before the holidays. Most families dream of having those picture book dinners around the family table, what better way to celebrate the new year than in a new home! Because of this heightened pressure, people are anxious to find their dream home and close before Thanksgiving. Furthermore, families are more likely to opt for quicker days to close and focus less on negotiating price. 
  3. Motivated Buyers- People who are house hunting now are serious buyers. Either they have been looking for something for a while and are even more anxious to find their new home, or they are feeling that holiday and seasonal pressure to be in their new home. Again, people don’t choose to move during the cold winter months, so if they are shopping now- they are anxious and serious about making the leap into home ownership or the purchase of a new home. 

This is a great time of year to FALL in love with a new home. Are you ready to sell? Tiffany Dorn Real Estate has over 200 5-Star reviews and is a top rated real estate team in the Knoxville area. We strive to go above and beyond for our clients. Let us prove it. Call today and see how Genuine Care creates Outstanding results. (865) 315-8778

Keller Williams Tiffany Dorn Real Estate is the Greater Knoxville Area’s most innovative real estate team.

Keller Williams Tiffany Dorn Real Estate
413 S Northshore Dr, Suite D, Knoxville, TN 37919

 


It’s (almost) fall y’all! Fall in East Tennessee is one of our favorite times of year. The air feels crisp and the humidity fades away. The Smoky Mountains are filled with stunning shades of orange, yellow and red and the Volunteers get ready to take Neyland Stadium by storm and charge through the Power T. But that’s not all that goes on in Knoxville during the fall. In fact, this time of year brings a ton of special events in and around good ole’ Rocky Top. 

One of the first family-fun events in East Tennessee is the 2017 Muscadine Balloon Fiesta at Tsali Notch Vineyard.  The two-day Balloon Fiesta begins on Saturday, September 2nd from 2 pm – 10 pm, and runs through Sunday, September 3rd, from 2 pm – 10 pm, at Tsali Notch Vineyard located at 140 Harrison Rd, Madisonville, TN 37354. The finale each night will be a Balloon Glow set to music with 20-30 colorful hot air balloons beginning at dusk. A truly unique event, the ballon festival is filled with wonderful kid-friendly arts and crafts, great food and wine with spectacular sights of bright colored hot air balloons. Tickets range from $5 to $125. 

It’s cooler outside so now is a perfect time to take a stroll through downtown Knoxville. Knoxville’s First Friday continues through October. Visit the Old City for free live music, free parking and First Friday specials including food and drink specials alongside great shows by local artists and musicians. 

Ready to sample some food in Farragut? The annual Taste of Turkey Creek is Friday, September 8th and benefits The Pat Summit Foundation. Attendees can expect to taste offerings from over two dozen local Knoxville restaurants. In addition to the restaurant showcase there will be wine, beer, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit the Pat Summit Foundation. “Admission prices are $15 in advance for adults or $20 at the door. Tickets include unlimited visits to food vendors and two drink tickets redeemable for wine or beer. Admission for children 12-7 years old is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 6 and under enter for free. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Pat Summit Foundation.” And special this year, a cake from Discovery Channel’s The Cake Boss.

Wine on the Water is an evening of tasting great wine and wonderful food on the Volunteer Landing waterfront. This 14th annual event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 with VIP admission at 5:30pm then heading to the Volunteer Princess for dinner and general admission at 6:30pm.

Paint trends change like the weather. Less than five years ago most buyers (and sellers) wanted neutral tones specifically light tan. Ten years ago homeowners tended to play around with pops of color all through the house, and having an accent wall was a big design trend. A blue dinning room, a red kitchen, yellow bathrooms… now those same color choices can kill a deal in real estate.

According to Benjamin Moore the Color of the Year is Shadow. A deep, sultry purple that saturates a room in, well, shadow. However, with the recent trend of modern farmhouse decor we are seeing more and more homes painted in varying shades of white or light beige. Search one of Instagram’s popular hashtags #farmhousestyle of over 780k posts and you will see neutral kitchens, with white or greige (a specific combination of grey and beige) walls, counters and decor. The trend in interior design has become more and more monochromatic. In fact, pictures that feature spaces with primarily all white or neutral tones seem to get more likes and interactions than that of colorful images. Look again at trending images on Instagram and most are similar images with stark with walls and decor.

Another newer trend in interior design is the color of your kitchen cabinets. Ten years ago dark cabinets were all we saw when browsing the MLS in Knoxville. Then the trend shifted to white or antique white. Now we are seeing more and more blues and grays.

When preparing to sell your home in Knoxville it is important to think about the design choices you make. When we begin the listing process with our sellers we bring in a professional designer and stager to help prepare the home to be listed, but sometimes it’s more than simply moving a chair or removing a bunch of family pictures from the walls.

Choosing the best paint colors for your home is important. The way the home looks in professional pictures is often what seals the deal for showings. Having brightly painted, multicolor rooms may not be appealing to most buyers. But then, you don’t want hospital white walls either. Your home needs to be warm and inviting. It should feel homey and soothing. Check out our lists for the best paint colors. We recommend selecting neutral tones. If you have rooms that lack natural sunlight using a lighter paint color like Benjamin Moore Simply White, can help brighten the space. Painting interior doors can change the overall feel of the home and make it more appealing. Likewise, consider the color of your cabinets. If they’re outdated you may want to considering painting them (inexpensive products are available at Home Depot) or consult a chalk paint expert like local Back Porch Mercantile in Bearden about how to best apply this product to your kitchen.

Whatever colors you choose giving your walls a fresh coat of paint before you put it on the market is always a great idea!

Curb appeal is a buzz word in real estate. We often talk about it, save pins on Pinterest about cheap ways to add it, and note that first impressions are oh-so important. But when it comes to actually looking at our own exteriors, we easily overlook potential deal breakers. We have found that sellers are more likely to invest in updating and enhancing the interior of their home then spending money on hardscaping and landscaping- which would easily help market their house. 

So what is the professional perspective on a home’s exterior? And is it just as important as the interior of a home? In short, yes!

It isn’t enough to have a well manicured lawn and flower beds. Buyers want homes that are move-in ready. So if your exterior needs work, buyers in Knoxville tend to head for the hills. We have seen over the busy spring and summer months that a surprisingly large number of people turn away from a home that has a beautiful interior because of the amount of work needed on the exterior. In fact, having a lack-luster backyard can also be a major reason buyers give a low-ball offer. With a steadily increasing number of people who use lawn care services, buyers are fully aware of how much expense could potentially go into making the yard appealing.

We recently saw a beautiful home sit on the market for much longer than it should have. The main reason, the yard. After consulting with Ian, founder of Seeds of Change Lawn Care, we found that the price tag to repair the buyer’s concerns was hefty. Removing trees, shrubs and rubbish gets expensive. Especially if special equipment is needed. It’s important to maintain your yard to avoid these expensive cleanups. Hiring a company like Seeds of Change to help maintain your yard is a great way to ensure your yard, beds, trees and shrubs are well taken care of and constantly manicured. This way, when you are ready to sell you can be sure the yard wont be a turn off to potential buyers. 

And it goes beyond the yard. Think about your roof (a major deal breaker in real estate purchases). An average roof costs upwards of ten thousand dollars.

One of the best ways to update the exterior of your home is by applying a fresh coat of paint or updating the color. However, painting the exterior of your home should be left to professionals. They can ensure you use the right products for longevity, and can have the project done in a day or two. According to WOW 1 Day Painting the average cost to paint the exterior of an all siding home in Knoxville is around $5000. 75% of the projects they work on are complete within one day— pretty impressive considering the amount of time (and energy) it would take to DIY. 

There are easy ways to keep your exterior gleaming. We constantly add new ideas to our Curb Appeal page. But, one thing we want homeowners in East Tennessee to consider is the importance of maintaining the exterior of your home so you don’t end up having a big landscaping bill when it comes time to sell. This is especially true once summer is over, fall is a great time to sell your home in Knoxville and it can be easy for your lawn to look dingy and have an accumulation of leaves and debris. Consider over-seeding your lawn and doing an aeration treatment so you have a lush, luxurious lawn next season.

New Years Eve Knoxville

Looking for something exciting to do to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Check out our list of events around Knoxville!

Support our local businesses this holiday and always. We are so lucky to live in such an amazing city— go out and enjoy all that Knoxville has to offer.

Old City Wine Bar: Ring in 2017 at Old City Wine Bar! We’ll be serving up a spectacular buffet in the cellar and complimentary sparkling wine toast when the ball drops!
(and yes we’ll set up a TV so you can watch it live!)oldcitynye

…Or opt for a Champagne Flight (3 different “real” Champagnes)
to celebrate in style…

Party starts at 7PM, with the buffet opening at 8PM. $50 Dinner & Sparkling Wine Toast or $75 Dinner & Champagne Flight
(tax, gratuity & any additional drinks not included) Reserve your tickets in-person during business hours or call 865-851-7676.

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JCHoldway:  Reservations, please call 865-312-9050 Tues-Sat after 2pm. NYE Menu- Featured 5 Course Menu: Oysters and Caviar, Scallops, Spiced Duck, NY Strip Steak and Black Truffles, Milk Chocolate & Peanut Crunch $85- Optional Wine Pairing $65. 

Knox Mason:knoxmason NYE menu will feature Sturgeon Caviar, Oysters, Filet Mignon, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate… Please call the restaurant Tuesday – Saturday after 1pm to make reservations. 865.544.2004

New Years on the Square: Bring in 2017 with your friends and family on Market Square. Ball drop at Midnight. Mae Beth Hariis will be performing at 10:30pm. 

Mind Yer Ps & Q’s in Farragut: Masquerade Night with K Town Band, special New Year’s Eve dinner menu, drink specials all night, and a champagne toast  and free appetizers at midnight.

Volunteer Princess: Celebrate New Year’s Eve aboard the Volunteer Princess for a three hour cruise down the Tennessee River.  Luxuriate in their 3-hour dinner cruise featuring party favors, DJ entertainment, a glass of champagne at boarding and at midnight, and (of course) a delicious meal! Countdown the last seconds of 2016 aboard with the lights of Downtown Knoxville as your backdrop!

New this year: SOCIAL TABLES- Offering discounted tickets for guests who choose to forego private table seating. Our social tables are designed for guests to make new friends and celebrate together!

 Shop small, shop local in Knoxville because #knoxrocks. Wishing everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!