Extraordinary Agent of the Month

Extraordinary Agent of the Month | Dakotah Brown

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Dakotah Brown’s goal is to artfully unite our area’s extraordinary homes with its extraordinary people. Dakotah’s focus is always on the human aspect of each real estate transaction, recognizing that there is much more involved than just the brick and mortar. With Dakotah, clients will get a bespoke experience tailored to their individual needs and desires.

Dakotah is a skilled negotiator and contracts specialist thanks to years of experience in the legal field. He brings his skill and experience to bear for both buyers and sellers seeking to find their perfect slice of paradise. Dakotah prides himself in being able to competently guide his clients step-by-step through their transaction and on his ability to help his clients get a fair deal.

Dakotah enjoys spending his free time visiting with family and friends and attending community events. Dakotah is also a pilot and enjoys working on his airplane and flying all over the southeast.


Contact Dakotah by calling his cell | 423.519.8893 or the office | 865.357.3232

Extraordinary Agent of the Week

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | R. J. Bindner

Buying or selling a home is among the most emotionally and financially sensitive endeavors in a person’s life.  Decisions of that magnitude warrant a level of life experience that transcends the average to provide the highest-level counsel and guidance.

R. J.  possesses a breadth and depth of experience that uniquely qualifies him to represent his clients.  He developed a focus on details, efficiency, and task completion as a former military officer.  Following his military career RJ transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry where he developed the business skills that led him to the executive ranks.  RJ has industry experience in sales, training, marketing, leadership, and business operations.  He is a nine-time national award winner who has negotiated healthcare contracts valued in the tens of millions of dollars.

R. J.’s general business experience has been enhanced by his entrepreneurial endeavors.  A serial-entrepreneur, he has started and sold businesses ranging from the food industry to the professional coaching and marketing industries.

Real estate experience prior to licensing was rooted in the investment property sector.  R. J. purchased his first rental property in 1996, and has bought, remodeled, sold, and held numerous investment properties since then.  Investing is where he developed the love of real estate that ultimately led to his decision to pursue it as a career.

RJ’s goal is to provide a high level of attention and diligence focused on details, responsive communication, high standards and results that allow his clients to achieve their real estate goals – no matter how big or small.

R. J. and his wife Laura have lived in Knoxville for the past twenty years where they’ve raised their three amazing boys.


To contact R. J.  please call the office (865.357.3232) or R. J.’s cell (865.805.5491)

Notable Sales

Notable Sales | June 2019


Anthem View Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Amy Moody and Theresa Carnathan


Nubbin Ridge Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Angie Riedl


Dry Hill Road | Butler, Tennessee | sold by Sandy Poe


Waterslea Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Debbie Elliott-Sexton


Pinellas Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Amy Moody


Congratulations to all our agents on a great month!


Extraordinary Agent of the Week

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Melinda Grimac

Downtown Knoxville properties have been a part of Melinda Grimac’s life since the early 90’s when she and her husband acquired their first property on Gay Street. Melinda was a fan of the downtown area when many failed to see the potential of our wonderful city. Residential and commercial development projects are natural fits to her thought processes and goals.

In Melinda’s personal endeavors, she has designed and managed several projects from beginning to end and continues to hold several properties as investments. Her most recent project was a commercial building on Gay Street where she currently resides. Melinda’s personal residence was created from previously leased office spaces. As the owner and end user of the property, Melinda acted as general contractor during which time she designed the layout, chose building materials and all finishes, and supervised the project to completion. Melinda and her family have lived in the space for several years now and they love it. Downtown is a wonderful place!

Melinda’s clients benefit from her personal hands-on real estate experiences as well as her ability to guide clients through the decision-making process of achieving their own real estate goals. Whether you choose a move-in ready property or one that is waiting for your special touches: residential or commercial. Melinda looks forward to working with you.


Melinda Grimac




The Tennessean Residences

The Tennessean Residences


Perfectly situated alongside the city center’s largest public green space at World’s Fair Park, The Tennessean Residences offer discerning buyers an unrivaled opportunity in vibrant Downtown Knoxville.


This limited collection of luxury residences redefines the city’s standard in urban living, with contemporary style and superior finishes, such as floor-to-ceiling windows throughout.


Viking stainless steel appliances, solid surface counter tops with coordinating tile back splash create a cook’s kitchen with plenty of room for guests.


Natural light, city views, mountain views, and plenty of space create a wonderful master suite retreat.


Exceptional amenities include state of the art fitness center, the private Drawing Room (a place for fine spirits), gated private garage parking, dedicated private storage, valet parking and room service available and adjacent full-service restaurant.Southern Living named The Tennessean #1 as South’s Best Hotel for 2018 and  Forbes has ranked The Tennessean among the top 17 new hotels in the world in 2017.


Please contact Melinda Grimac with Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty at 865.357.3232 or on her cell 865.356.4178 for additional information or you may visit the website (www.thetennesseanresidences.com) for The Tennessean Residences floor plans, photos and additional details.



Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Take inspiration from some of these gardens and consider planning your own on this Earth Day. What better way to celebrate Mother Earth than to make every day Earth Day with nurturing and cultivating your own beautiful garden?









Notable Sales

March 2019


Westcliff Court | Harriman, Tennessee | sold by Dakotah Brown



Rigsby Gap Road | Pikeville, Tennessee | sold by Sandy Poe



Abners Ridge Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Whitney Ray-Dawson



South Ninth Street | Watauga, Tennessee | sold by Sandy Poe



Windingbrooke Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Annie Turner


Congratulations to all of our agents on a great month!

Extraordinary Agent of the Week

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth’s goal is to provide a pleasant and enlightening experience for each of her clients in their real estate needs. Her professional experience, appetite for knowledge, and attentiveness to detail help ensure that each transaction runs smoothly. Whether selling a beloved home to start the next chapter of life or finding the perfect new home, she is committed to enhancing the real estate experience and the protecting her client’s interests every step of the way. She has been a trusted real estate professional in the Knoxville area since 2007.

Elizabeth’s has consistently been a top producer, closing multi-millions of dollars in transactions each year. These sales range from large estates / lakefront homes to simpler neighborhood   homes / condos to vacant land for building. The price points of each property vary, but the level of impeccable service stays the same. She is Green Certified, an Accredited Buyer Representative and is Short Sale and Foreclosure Certified. A member of Knoxville Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors, she is excited to be working with Sotheby’s International Realty in providing local expertise with worldwide reach.

Elizabeth has lived in Knoxville for 24 years, with a brief residency in South Barrington, Illinois. She grew up in Oxford, MS, spending her college and graduate school years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Vanderbilt with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 1996. Her husband, Andrew, is CEO of Wright Brothers Construction of Knoxville, and Elizabeth is well versed in new home construction and all the details that go with it! They currently reside lakefront in West Knoxville and have 5 teenage and young adult children.


– New Construction

– Lakefront Properties

– Luxury Properties

– Relocation

– Lot/Land Purchase and Sale

Elizabeth actively supports Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, Knox Area Rescue Ministries, and Wears Valley Ranch. She is on the Board of Directors at Wears Valley Ranch and on the HOA board of the Jacksonian Condos downtown.

You can contact Elizabeth at the office 865.357.3232 or on her cell 865.712.1743.

How Pet-Loving Homes Can Still Sparkle

Having a tidy home and a dog or cat isn’t an impossible mission, nor does it need to be outrageously expensive. There are strategies you can use to maintain cleanliness without spending hours a day picking up after your pet or hundreds of dollars on expensive cleaners. Here are a few simple techniques to keep your house a pleasant environment without breaking the household budget.

Cleaning Up Fur

It may seem like your pet’s fur infiltrates your entire home, but it doesn’t have to. With the right cleaning methods and some inexpensive products, you can keep your floors and furniture shipshape. This might appear counter intuitive, but cleaning in multiple stages can prevent fur from escaping meticulous vacuuming. Initially try a sweep with an electrostatic mop or broom to attract the first layer of fur that might otherwise fly up into the air. For fur that’s really matted down, grab a pair of rubber gloves (or even a fabric softener sheet) and wipe away. You may be surprised by how much comes up easily with things you already have.

Tackling Dander

Pet dander is something we often overlook because it isn’t always visible, but it’s always there. We breathe it in, and while it can go unnoticed, it could be a cause of allergies in the home. The most effective way to clean up air quality, and your lungs, is with a filter. However, not all air filters are created equal, and you should aim for something with a MERV rating of 13, which will block 98 percent of detritus. Such filters catch dust, dander, bacteria, viruses, mold, smoke, and pollen, as well as many other allergens. Be sure that your current air filtration unit can handle such a fine filter, and replace it regularly to keep the atmosphere in your house healthy.

Lingering Saliva

If you have a particularly lip-heavy canine, you may experience dog drool in the most unusual of places: under the bed, on the table, on every single piece of furniture, and sometimes on the ceilings themselves. Even wiping it away can leave residual stains behind, and using a regular sponge to get it up can be exhausting. Instead, grab a magic eraser or, if you don’t have any on hand, some dish soap mixed with warm water; both of these solutions should lift the remains easily and quickly. Just don’t be too vigorous in your scrubbing if you use a magic eraser, as they act like sandpaper and can remove the finish on your paint or wood.

Removing Odors

Nothing is worse than spraying an air freshener only to have it half-mask the smell of your pet lingering on the sofa or carpet. Keeping your pet washed and groomed is a good start to avoiding odors, but over-washing can be bad for their skin. So, throw everything into the washing machine, even if that means taking the covers off the cushions on your couch, and laundering your pet’s bed regularly, too. As with dander, having a good air filter will limit any unpleasant smells, and so will opening a window or two to air out your home periodically.

By having cleaning agents and maintaining other preventative measures, you can keep your house a clean, and pleasant place. There is no way to stop every accident from occurring since pets are unpredictable, but you can make picking up after them easier. Our animals bring so much to our lives, including love and joy alongside dirt and fur, but living with them will always outweigh the effort it takes to keep things neat and tidy.


Article courtesy of Medina James with Dog Etiquette

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Extraordinary Property of the Day | Year End Edition!

2018’s TOP TEN

The year 2018 was a great one for Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty as some of East Tennessee’s most beautiful properties were featured, listed and sold by our amazing agents! It is always difficult to pick your favorites but we have whittled down a list of this years sales to 10 homes that truly are extraordinary.


Healing Bluff | Chattanooga, Tennessee


Sunshine Way | Townsend, Tennessee


Forest Hills Boulevard | Knoxville, Tennessee


South Gay Street | Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee


Kingston Pike | Knoxville, Tennessee


Harbour Point | Butler, Tennessee


Leadenhall Garden | Knoxville, Tennessee


Choto Road | Knoxville, Tennessee


Tecumseh Way | Loudon, Tennessee


Colonial Ridge | Knoxville, Tennessee