Anne Anderson Home

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to welcome our new guest contributor Anne Anderson Home.  Anne is on a mission to make decorating fun! Her posts here will show you how good design doesn’t have to break the bank, and how a little creativity goes a long way. In her opinion (and we tend to agree), the best houses are the ones that have evolved over time and don’t take themselves too seriously.

Anne’s inaugural post features her own personal dining room…..

I am so thrilled to share my finished dining room with you. The biggest challenge I faced was that I wanted to make the room special without it being the only thing you noticed when you walk in the front door. This house is an open concept and the star of the show when you walk in is the view. We are on the Tennessee River and my goal has always been to make that the first thing noticed. So the dining room was a pickle, because I wanted to elevate it’s formality without making it overbearing. I first started with a clean slate by giving everything a fresh coat of white paint.

Now I started adding color gradually. I painted the ceiling a light blue and at first thought that might be just enough color…

I still felt like something was missing…after looking at several different wallpapers and considering stenciling the room myself, I decided to call a professional and have the walls custom painted. It has turned out to be one of my MOST FAVORITE things in the house.

The finished product is a soft, beautiful room that flows with the rest of the house.


For more details about this Dining Room Refresh project, please click on any photo.

Interested in learning more about Anne and Anne Anderson Home? Please visit for more design projects.

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Melinda Grimac

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.


To contact Melinda, you may reach her at the office 865.357.3232 or her cell 865.356.4178



Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Gary Rogers

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Gary Rogers

Gary Rogers has always been a forward-thinker, interested in staying on top of the industry’s latest trends and developments. This is what intrigues Gary so much about the real estate market: it’s always changing.

An East Tennessean since 1977, Gary is intimately familiar with the area and local neighborhoods as well as their history.  His process is to listen and find out what you need, find the right home for you, and make the entire transaction as smooth as possible.

Gary’s existing relationships with a variety of financial institutions have benefited many families both coming to the Greater Knoxville Area, as well as those who choose to move on. Clients appreciate Gary’s marketing and negotiating skills, attention to detail, professionalism, integrity and dedication to their satisfaction. These attributes have allowed Gary to build his business and form a vast network of professional peers.  Gary is proud to say that the majority of his business comes from previous clients and referrals.

When Gary is not selling real estate, he enjoys being outdoors golfing, on the lake or river fishing. His love of golf has led him to participating in several local fundraising golf tournaments. In doing so, he has been able to experience first-hand many of the prominent golfing communities in our area and he is uniquely equipped in helping you find a home that will fit the golfing lifestyle.

Additionally, Gary has an extensive background in international travel. If you are considering a move to East Tennessee from abroad, Gary would love the opportunity to work with you and find the right home to welcome you to the area.

Gary doesn’t only want to help you find a home; he wants to form the kind of relationship that makes you a client for life. His main goal is to help you create a lifestyle that allows you to achieve your dreams.


To contact Gary, you may call the office 865.357.3232 or his cell 865.696.0198




Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Delaney Scott

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Delaney Scott



Delaney Scott is all about connecting people. In this fast-paced real estate market, it’s more important than ever to have an agent who will spend some time with you; discover what it is you really need and want, and act promptly on your behalf to make it happen.

Whether you are buying a home for the first time, or selling your precious family home, Delaney is sensitive to how overwhelming the process can seem to be. In these challenging moments, you need an agent who will listen and provide honest and direct advice to help you reach your real estate goals.

Since returning to Knoxville after living on the East Coast for some years, Delaney has a renewed perspective on what Knoxville and the surrounding areas have to offer. Being involved in various local projects has rekindled Delaney’s feelings about the generosity and richness of the Knoxville community, and how there is indeed a true “volunteer” spirit here in Knoxville.

Delaney’s secrets to success are her open and down-to-earth approach with her clients, as well as her strength, knowledge and level-headedness she brings to the negotiation process.  Call and ask Delaney to set aside sometime for a consult today, so that she can begin working on what’s important to you.


To contact Delaney, you may reach her at the office 865.357.3232 or her cell 865.591.2872

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Melissa Collins

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Melissa Collins

Melissa is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in communications. Her degree, coupled with several years in sales, equips Melissa with the tools needed to help her clients. Finding that perfect home or selling your family home can be one of the most stressful, yet exciting times in your life, and Melissa wants to help you through that process. She is dedicated to her clients and to making the home buying or selling process as easy as possible.

Melissa has lived in Knoxville for over 20 years and is happily married with four children. In her spare time, she loves to travel, be anywhere outdoors, spend time with her family, UT Football and, of course, house hunting!!!


Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Ellen Fernandes

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Ellen Fernandes

Ellen understands that amidst the excitement of buying a new home, selling a home can sometimes feel more like parting with a cherished piece of your past. She is committed to making that transition honorable and positive for all her clients, whether buying their first home or their next home! From the historic charm of North Knoxville to progressive West Knoxville and surrounding areas, Ellen sincerely desires to find the perfect match for her clients. She is committed to serving her clients with dedication, creativity and integrity.

Born and raised in New Jersey and New York, Ellen earned a B.S. in Marketing from the State University of New York College at Oswego and has over 10 years of experience in marketing and promotions.  Her previous positions in NY include: radio advertising account executive in the Albany-Saratoga market and the marketing director for Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs. In Tennessee, she excelled as a media buyer and account coordinator for an advertising firm that regionally represented General Motors and select dealer groups throughout the US. Her professional background honed her skills in effective communication and promotion and fostered an eye for fine lines. Her appreciation for quality and excellence in construction and attention to detail has been invaluable as she segued her career to real estate.

Ellen has lived in Knoxville for 20 years, and possesses an excellent knowledge of the local area. She has volunteered as a leader with BSF International and MOPS (Mother-of-Preschoolers); as well as having served on various committees with the Junior League of Knoxville and TN Children’s Hospital.

She and her husband have 2 children, and enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and visiting family from Manhattan to Scottsdale.

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Elizabeth Wright

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 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.

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 Property of the Week Scenic Shores

Riverbend Drive in Scenic Shores

This beautiful Scenic Shores custom home rests at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains on a three acre parcel of land and is ideally located in a small cove off Douglas Lake’s main channel.  Sweeping views of the water; the mountain backdrop; and extensive landscaping all offer a visual treat.


Outdoor entertainment is a breeze on the rear stone patio. Prep meals and dine al fresco using the outdoor kitchen or enjoy late night s’mores and aperitifs around a fabulous fire pit.



Opportunities to play are ample with a beautiful in-ground pool and a lakefront recreation area outfitted with a covered boat dock including two boat and two jet-ski slips.



The interior of this beautiful lakefront home is as spectacular as the exterior. The two-story living room does not disappoint with floor to ceiling windows and stack stone fireplace. Ample natural light flood this open space making it warm and inviting to all who enter.


The open and spacious kitchen creates an ideal place to prepare meals for family and friends. Custom cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances and large island are a few of the components to this wonderful space.


A grand and spacious master  is on the main level. Imagine waking up to these incredible and expansive views of the water and mountains! A fireplace and a quiet space to recline help create a retreat that any home owner would cherish.



Whether a full time residence or vacation retreat, this home is an incredible find! Call Deanna or Paula at 865.357.3232 to schedule a private tour of this magnificent East Tennessee home and see, first hand, what a beautiful place it is.

*please click on any photo for more detailed information


Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Paula Kelley

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Paula Kelley

Paula’s expertise and interest are in assisting medical families with their relocation to Knoxville.  Prior to a career in real estate, Paula spent many years working in health care and married to a health care provider. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Science degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Married to a physician, she endured a multi-move journey for residency, fellowship, and several practice opportunities.  It was her interest in real estate and these experiences moving to accommodate her husband’s career in medicine that convinced her that there was a need for a full-service move management approach to real estate.

Paula offers a consultative approach in identifying her client’s particular needs when relocating. Most visitors to our city will benefit from an area overview and real estate tour.  Additionally she can offer local school information and tours, cost of living estimates, maps, recreational experiences and social activities.  Referrals can be made for lenders familiar with physician loans and attorneys who specialize in medical contract review if needed.

A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania and now a “Vol for life”, Paula has chosen to make Knoxville her home because she believes Eastern Tennessee is an ideal location to practice medicine and raise a family.  She knows what it takes to find your place in a new city and because she shares so much in common with the clients she serves, she intends to create lasting friendships while wowing you with exceptional customer service.

Paula serves on the executive board of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine Alliance and has been actively involved in a number of health initiatives and projects in partnership with local health-care organizations.  Paula and her husband are parents to three daughters.  The family lives in West Knoxville and also owns a small farm in Maryville, TN.  They also enjoy hiking in the mountains and boating on area lakes.