Awarded Designations

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty Announces CLHMS Designations awarded to Angie Riedl and Whitney Ray-Dawson and PSA Designation awarded to agent R.J. Bindner

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty announces that real estate professionals Angie Riedl and Whitney Ray-Dawson have been awarded Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation in recognition of experience, knowledge, and expertise in high-end residential properties. Ms. Riedl and Ms. Ray-Dawson are now a part of an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed the Institutes training and have a proven performance in the upper-tier market.

    

                       Angie Riedl                                                        Whitney Ray-Dawson

R. J. Bindner has earned the Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSI) designation awarded by the National Association of Realtors. This designation is awarded by completing advanced training in determining property values and pricing strategies.

     R. J. Bindner

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty would like to congratulate Ms. Riedl, Ms. Ray-Dawson and Mr. Bindner on their achievement and commitment to a high level of knowledge and service in the residential real estate market.

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliate Brokers work with  Buyers and Sellers in Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains, Chattanooga, Tri-Cities and surrounding areas assisting them with all types of residential properties from foreclosures to luxury homes. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Angie Riedl can be reached at 865.357.3232 or 865.385.8264.  Her email address is Angie.Riedl@sothebysrealty.com.

Whitney Ray-Dawson can be reached at 865.357.3232 or 865.405.4486. Her email address is Whitney.RayDawson@sothebysrealty.com

R.J. Bindner can be reached at 865.357.3232 or 865.805.5491. His email address is Robert.Bindner@sothebysrealty.com.

Extraordinary Agent of the Week

Patti Williams

Patti Williams has been living in Tennessee with her family for over a decade. With a business degree and several years of experience in customer service with a Fortune 500 company, Patti’s specialty of top-rated client care within the real estate industry earns credibility with her clients in the process of buying and selling their homes.

Patti continually provides above standard real estate services while her clients receive personalized attention throughout the home buying and selling process. Along with her superior customer satisfaction approach, she uses state-of-the-art Marketing Methodologies which optimizes a seller’s listing with features that sell the home fast while maintaining the highest attainable value.

During her free time Patti enjoys playing tennis, hiking in the beautiful Smokey Mountains, and boating with her husband on Knoxville’s scenic lakes.

 

You can contact Patti by calling the office 865.357.3232 or Patti’s cell 865.851.5067

 

Tips for Staging a Home to Sell

5 Effective Tips for Staging a Home to Sell

 

Home staging can make a world of difference when putting your home on the market. Regardless of how popular your neighborhood or fantastic your home is, if it isn’t staged well, it won’t impress potential buyers as much as it could. What exclusive buyers want is not only a home, but the lifestyle it offers. Here are some staging tips you should follow so buyers see your home in its best light.

Keep the colors neutral

A coat of paint might be in order prior to placing your home on the market. Although you might adore your bright orange accent wall, you have to be aware that not everybody else will. When choosing colors for refreshing your walls, you should stick to neutral tones. Not only is there certain elegance about these colors, but they also leave something to the imagination for potential buyers. The neutral shades of gray, beige, cream or white will allow them to picture their future home decorated in the colors and textures they prefer, and a neutral color palette can appeal to nearly anybody.

Declutter

When staging your home, make sure you put away personal items, from your kids’ artwork to the copious amounts of shampoo bottles in your bath. These aren’t the things buyers will find attractive. It will only remind them of the fact that this is your home and it will make it harder for them to imagine themselves living in it. Furthermore, your kitchen and bathroom countertops should be cleared of everything but one or two decorative items. As far as your closets, cabinets, and drawers are concerned, about 20% of them should be empty and the things that remain inside them should be neat and tidy, so that they look spacious and appear to offer plenty of storage space for your buyers.

Create an Inviting Setting

Even though you want your home clean and decluttered for showings, you definitely don’t want it to look sterile. In fact, you should use various adornments to highlight its best features and comfort. You want the buyers to come into your home and imagine living there, snug on your sofa or wrapped up in that soft, white robe left casually in your bathroom. Your home should be the perfect combination of inviting and luxurious, which is something you can easily achieve with the right accessories. For example, the use of an area rug adds texture, warmth and softness to the room. If you opt for the finest antique Persian rugs, not only will you make your home polished, but also more luxurious and therefore more appealing to a high-end buyer.

Celebrate a Lifestyle

 

A specific lifestyle is one of the things that home buyers expect to come with the house, so make sure they experience it the moment they arrive. If your home’s highlight is a lavish pool, make sure your back yard is in perfect condition and your pool is clean and filled with water. If a bit of seclusion is a benefit of your home’s location, trim your bushes to just the right height to showcase the privacy they seek. If one of your property’s best features is the view, draw their attention to it by placing the outdoor furniture in just the perfect spot. Do it subtly, but don’t miss the opportunity to point out the best that your home can offer.

Keep it bright and breezy

A home with inadequate lighting can seem gloomy and dark, which can turn away anybody. Open your blinds or put light-weight curtains on your windows and let as much natural light as possible into your home. Turn all the lights on if you’re showing your home, so that there aren’t any dark corners. Plus, you can emphasize your home’s most beautiful features with good lighting. Another thing to keep in mind is odors. If your novice cook burnt the microwave popcorn or your pet seems to collect odors consider opening your windows for a while before buyers arrive. You can even bring in some fresh flowers or a scented candle, but with a discreet, natural scent.

If you want to sell your home at the best price and soon, stage it so that it looks like every home-buyer’s dream home. It may take some patience and creativity, but it will definitely be worth it.

 

About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and Divine Magazine. He has also contributed to numerous other lifestyle, real estate and green living blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.

 

**All pictures posted are in homes currently on the market. Click on any photo for more information**

Notable Sales

Notable Sales | February 2019

West Gallaher Ferry Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Debbie Elliott-Sexton

 

Mossy Rock Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Angie Riedl

 

Bald Cypress Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Elizabeth Wright

 

Cherokee Bluff Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Debbie Elliott-Sexton 

 

Scenic Point Channel | Louisville, Tennessee | sold by Melinda Grimac

Congratulations to all our agents on a great month!

 

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.

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.

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes RJ Bindner

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty announces RJ Bindner as a new affiliate broker.

RJ 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.

RJ’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.  RJ 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.

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

 

To contact RJ, please call our office 865.357.3232 or RJ’s cell 865.805.5491

Notable Sales

Notable Sales | January 2019

Lorimar Place | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Angie Riedl

 

Preston Landing Way | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Elizabeth Wright

 

Kingston Pike | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Whitney Ray-Dawson

 

High Heath | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Annie Turner and Whitney Ray-Dawson

 

Noelton Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Jen Dunn

 

South Gay Street | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Melinda Grimac

 

Congratulations to all our agents on a great month!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Agent of the Week

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Sandy Poe

Sandy has earned a reputation for emphasizing experience, professionalism and passion to her clients…qualities that define the highly respected Sotheby’s International Realty brand. She embeds excitement, creativity and excellence in her work and remains dedicated to upholding the highest standards. With her proven success as a Multi-Million Dollar Producer, she is consistently ranked as a Top Producer in her company.  She is committed to listening and providing exceptional service tailored to her buyers’ and sellers’ needs.

Sandy has achieved the Million Dollar GUILD recognition as a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, one of the highest performing achievements in luxury markets around the world.

From showcasing multi-million dollar luxury properties to finding a first-time home buyer the perfect home, Sandy treats all her clients with the respect and care they deserve.  She has the unique skills necessary to meet and exceed expectations for today’s most discerning luxury buyers and sellers.

Sandy grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music from Atlanta Christian College.  Having resided in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee, she now calls the beautiful mountains and lakes of Tennessee home. She has been a Realtor for over 23 years and is passionate about her work, sports, music, traveling, and most importantly keeping close to her family.

Designations

– Real Estate Broker

– Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

– Certified Residential Specialist

– Real Estate Negotiation Expert

– Accredited Buyer Representative

– Graduate REALTOR Institute

– Certified Distressed Property Expert

– E-Pro Internet Professional

 

To contact Sandy please call our office 865.357.3232 or Sandy’s cell 865.207.0004