Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Blake Pruitt

Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Blake has lived in Knoxville for the past 15 years. Coming from a family that has been involved in real estate for over 20 years, you could say it is in his blood.

Prior to joining Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, Blake worked in management for Dick’s Sporting Goods. During that time, he was responsible for over $20 million in sales. As a manager, Blake had the opportunity to gain a vast amount of experience in marketing, customer service, team building, problem-solving, and working with many different personalities. This experience has been extremely beneficial in his career as a real estate agent.

“One of the biggest lessons I learned was the importance of going the extra mile. Doing what needed to be done to make the deal happen.”

Blake’s honesty, diligence, and easygoing personality have helped him immensely throughout his career. Being a people-person is what initially drove Blake to pursue a career in real estate. Whether he is working with someone looking to buy or sell property, Blake listens closely to the client’s needs and can easily discern what marketing efforts are needed for that specific property.

In his spare time, Blake loves being in the great outdoors. He can often be found hiking, fishing, or taking his Jeep off-roading as an active member of the Smoky Mountain Jeep Club.


To contact Blake, please call the office 865.357.3232 or his cell 865.323.2699

Set the Stage for a Successful Open House

While many house hunters start their initial search online, photos or a short video can’t replace an in-person visit. With that in mind, anything you’re potentially hiding with Photoshop or stuffing into a closet can’t be disguised during an open house. Before opening your door to a potential buyer, make sure your home is as showroom ready as possible.

Turn Decluttering Into An Opportunity To Start Packing 

There’s no reason to wait until someone signs on the dotted line to start prepping for a move. Clutter is among one of the top turn-offs for house hunters. It’s also a major distraction from viewing the property, so do yourself a favor by purging and packing prior to your relocation. While many people choose to start packing by room, it can actually be more helpful to focus on a specific category. For example, books — getting heavy items out of the way first. Make five piles (pack, display, sell, toss, donate) and handle each one accordingly immediately after decluttering. Don’t forget to write down everything you’re donating for tax purposes.

Keep in mind that one of the most important things during this process is to depersonalize all items including personal photographs, niche decor (think a fishing theme), certificates and trophies, pet paraphernalia, toiletries and other personal items. It’s important that you create a neutral space where potential buyers can picture their own things. Consider storing boxes out of sight in the garage, in a temporary storage facility or your new abode if applicable.

Hire A Pro To Remove Pet Odors And Stains

Pet urine can be extremely difficult to remove — if at all — so put down the store-bought cleaner and pick up your phone and call a professional cleaner to remove stains and odors. Make sure you hire a company that steam cleans with a hot-water extraction method as any other process is liable to bring out the odors even more. If all else fails, you will have to remove the carpeting and/or furniture if you still detect an odor as it’s likely that it will cost you a sale.


The Devil Is In The Details 

You may be so focused on the big-ticket items that you overlook smaller yet equally important details like cleaning the pool, power washing the deck, trimming the trees and bushes, making sure all the lighting fixtures are operating properly, and removing weeds between brick entryways. Have an outside source like a neighbor or loved one do a walkthrough of your home prior to the viewing to serve as a second set of eyes. 

Extra Touches Count 

Have a few light refreshments out — think lemonade and fruit in the summer, hot cocoa and cookies during cooler months. While there’s a debate on whether or not to play music as it’s completely personal, as long as it matches your home, market and the volume is low. Soft jazz (not elevator music), calming classical or “coffeehouse”-type tunes work well. Basic is best.


Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years’ experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

Notable Sales | March 2018

Notable Sales | March 2018

Shadowfax Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Melinda Grimac


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


Bridlebrook Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Amy Moody


Crestwood Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Jenny Snodgrass


Edgelake Lane | Kingston, Tennessee | sold by Mary Ann Swann


Saligugi Circle | Loudon, Tennessee | sold by Roamy Kilmer


Woodburn Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Angie Riedl


Congratulations to all of our agents on a great month!

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Debbie Elliott-Sexton

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Debbie Elliott-Sexton

For me there’s no greater reward than making a positive impact on the life of another. I have made real estate my career because of the benefits of helping others. To navigate the complex decisions involved in today’s real estate market requires the guidance of a professional. I am committed to service with an emphasis on accountability, reliability, timeliness and enthusiasm. Providing all the information necessary to make real estate investment decisions throughout the changing market cycles is something I take pride in.

As a leading real estate professional in Knoxville, I took my career – and the real estate industry – to a higher level by opening the doors to Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty. I felt that the Knoxville real estate market was in need of a higher standard in luxury properties and communities. Sotheby’s International Realty is a world-wide leader in marketing and selling exceptional properties and I am proud to bring Knoxville into that equation. Our agency has become home to many of the area’s premier agents who are attracted to the unique marketing and brand awareness that Sotheby’s International Realty provides.

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty takes a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touch and positive results. A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door, the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there. This is about more than real estate. It is about your life and your dreams. Our brand works to utilize the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations.

I love helping other people achieve success. Whether it’s helping a client find the perfect home or helping my agents build their businesses, there’s nothing more rewarding and inspiring to me than making an impact on people’s lives.

Extraordinary Feature of the Day | Home Theaters & Media Rooms

Extraordinary Feature of the Day | Home Theaters & Media Rooms

Media Rooms and Home Theaters are rooms that are similar in purpose but not necessarily in design. A home theater is built to recreate a true cinematic experience. Screening equipment, ambient lighting, acoustics and strategic seating are all components of a well planned and thought out home theater. The desire to recreate an authentic movie viewing experience is in the designation and details of the room.

A media room may have many or some of the components of a home theater, but generally the room is designed for a more multi-purpose use. Details may still include surround sound and designated seating but instead of viewing screens, an oversize television is used.  Also, the use of tables and chairs may be incorporated instead of actual theater seating.

Whether it is a Home Theater or Media Room, these spaces are ideal for watching block buster movies, your favorite childhood memories or the big game that only happens once a year. Here are some of our favorites!


This home theater ticks all the boxes. From raised seating to acoustic panels, this home theater is set up for the perfect movie night!

Riverbend Drive | listed with Deanna Mendenhall-Miller and Paula Kelley


Ample seating areas coupled with surround sound help create a media room that is ideal for watching the big game with family and friends.

Beals Chapel Road | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton


While this lake community home has ample opportunities for outside fun, indoors is a home theater that is perfect for retreating from the outdoors and into your favorite movie!

Lighthouse Pointe Drive | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton


Three tiers of seating coupled with “red carpet” painted walls help create an authentic theater experience while staying at home.

Choto Road | listed with Sandy Poe


This spacious home theater has ample room for a large viewing of the latest block buster! Elevated seating allows for every seat to be the best seat of the house.

Rudder Lane | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton


For more information about any of these featured homes, please click on the photo or call 865.357.3232

Lakefront Contemporary

A contemporary masterpiece located on Tellico Lake in Tanasi Coves.  A beautiful paver driveway coupled with landscaping and lighting create a beautiful entrance to this magnificent home.

Welcome to 234 Tecumseh Way in Tellico Village.


There are over 400 feet of Tellico Lake frontage with this home located on a large point. This beautiful setting allows breathtaking views of the channel and the mountains on the horizon.


The Great Room boasts soaring ceilings up to 30 feet and houses a pair of skylights along with a wall of windows that allow natural light to pour into the main living space. An Oak spiral staircase is a gorgeous feature that is a marvel in it’s design.


The gourmet Kitchen with ample granite counter space for preparation and serving is open, inviting and offers views of the water as well as access to the Great Room.


The rear exterior of the home offers expansive and spacious Brazillion wood decking that allows room to entertain a party of 2 or a party of 20!


Truly enjoy all that East Tennessee waterfront living has to offer during mild springs, hot summers and warm falls by accessing the water via the dock with covered decking and a lift.


Truly unique with location and design, this lovely contemporary home is a Tellico Lake showcase property perfect for those who want to live and relish the best of East Tennessee lake life.

For more information about this property, please click on any photo or call Angela Fowler at 865.244.7494

August’s Extraordinary Feature | Pools

Extraordinary Feature | Pools

Extensive research has been done about water and the effects of water on our mental health and well-being. While the how and why question of this relationship is still being researched, we do know that bodies of water – like swimming pools – can provide a sense of calm, a place for play, a venue to entertain plus so much more. 


The personal home’s swimming pool and the addition of the pool house can help create additional entertaining space for family and friends.

Garnett Woods Way | listed with Elizabeth Wright



Views of Tellico Lake create an even more dynamic setting with this custom pool and spa.

Lighthouse Pointe Drive | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton



Regardless of the temperature outside and the warmth of the water, pools may still be enjoyed year round by either viewing the water from an elevated screened porch and balcony or  relaxing pool side on a warm fall day.

Chickadee Circle | listed with Jenny Snodgrass



The addition of landscaping helps create a sanctuary that not only provides privacy but also showcases the beauty of nature.

East Brow Road | listed with Sandy Poe



The addition of outdoor lighting allow the use of this pool to spill over into the evening hours and enhances the experience of viewing the Smoky Mountains.

Sunshine Way | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton

 Pools built for play and used as a place to entertain. Pools designed for relaxation both in the water and around.  Regardless of their purpose, pools are extraordinary in both sight and sound and will set any property apart from the pack. 

*For more information about any of these properties, please click on the photograph.


Contemporary in Kinzel Springs

Custom Contemporary

Modern and Cool Contemporary. Warm Interior Design.

Welcome to Sunshine Way.

Beautiful finishes and attention to detail complete this incredible contemporary home located in the Smoky Mountains.


The kitchen was constructed with custom maple cabinets, granite counter tops, Miele appliances, and imported hardware and sinks from England.


The open and spacious living space is full of natural light provided by a wall of windows that cover the entire room from top to bottom.


Mornings are glorious from the master suite view. The handy work of nature on full display!


An expansive Vermont slate deck with in-ground pool and hot tub provide an outdoor experience that is not like any other.


An unique and enviable home for those who desire a lifestyle beyond the ordinary and expected.

For more information about Sunshine Way, please click here or contact Debbie Elliott-Sexton at 865.755.0107

Notable Sales July 2017

Notable Sales July 2017


Barnsley Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Debbie Elliott-Sexton


Webster Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Jenny Snodgrass


Lindenhall Circle | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Deanna Mendenhall-Miller and Paula Kelley


Couch Mill Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Melinda Grimic


Kenesaw Avenue | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Angie Riedle and Debbie Elliott-Sexton


Villa Nove

The story of Villa Nove started with a field of dandelions and an amazing view of the Appalachian High County and has transformed into an event venue and private residence that is spectacular in vision and in service.  From the beautiful vineyard covered grounds to the exquisite 360 degree views, Villa Nove will transport you to the hills of Tuscany.


The primary home is an unique and authentic representation of an Italian farmhouse. The interior is over 5000 square feet and is elegant yet comfortable for every day living.

Thoughtfully designed interior elements from the hand-made maple beams to the thick walls of Texas limestone help perpetuate the farmhouse charm.


The Vineyard Pavilion provides the perfect venue for accommodating up to 200 guests for weddings, reunions, corporate events or other special occasions.


A three bedroom cottage rests at the foot of the vineyard and provides an overnight retreat for hosts or a private space for the wedding party to prepare for their big day!


Thirty-four rolling acres supply award winning wines for the Watauga Lake Winery.


Private Estate.



Wedding Venue and Event Center

Dreams and opportunities are limited by only your imagination!


For more information about Villa Nove, please contact Sandy Poe 865.207.0004