The Importance of Professional Photography in Real Estate

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There are still real estate agents today that choose to take photos of their client’s home on their own flip phones or cameras. The disservice they are doing to their clients is almost tantamount to what would be considered in other professions, like medicine, a gross malpractice.

Every day I peruse the MLS (Multiple Listing Service- the place where real estate listings are made public) and I am amazed at some of the low-quality poor photographs agents put up online to represent their client’s most valuable asset- their home.

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Report Back from Family Pet Portrait Day

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On May 5th, 2019 Gary Sturm of Mortgage Investors Group and I hosted Family Pet Portrait Day, which was an event where families could bring their pets and get their photo taken professionally for free. We held the event at Prestige Tuxedo in Bearden- much thanks to Prestige owner Eddie Mannis for opening up his business for this event.

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An Interview With Eddie Mannis

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Eddie Mannis is a native Knoxvillian, who grew up in the Inskip community and graduated from Central High School. The founder of Prestige Cleaners, he is heavily involved in giving back to the community through efforts like HonorAir, which takes veterans from Knoxville to Washington, DC to visit their respective war memorials. He recently announced his candidacy for Knoxville city mayor in 2019, and we met for this interview in July at his home in west Knoxville.

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Over $9,000 Raised For GoNorth!

Reading Time: 1 minuteOn October 18th Agrifeed Pet Supply, Gary Sturm of Mortgage Investors Group, and Knoxville Homes with Cameron Brooks hosted “13,000 Saved” at Holly’s Gourmet Market, which raised funds for GoNorth Animal Transport. Over 60 people attended, enjoying great food, music from “A Touch of Classic”, and a presentation from GoNorth’s president Carmen Trammell!

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13,000 Saved!

Reading Time: 1 minuteOne of my favorite animal rescue groups in our area is the GoNorth Animal Transport Collaborative. Since 2012 they have rescued over 13,000 dogs from rural East Tennessee shelters that have high euthanasia rates and transported them to Northern states, where the dogs are adopted out.

When you have a second, please watch this short video about the history of the rescue:

And the main point of this post:

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An Interview With Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero

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Madeline Rogero was elected the first woman Mayor of Knoxville in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015 with no opposition on the ballot. I’ve known Mayor Rogero for over 10 years and remember her first run for mayor back in 2003. We’ve had lunch several times over the years and I was honored that she agreed to be interviewed by me for my newsletter.

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The Crumpled Letter Solicitation

Reading Time: 3 minutesA recent Knoxville News Sentinel article highlighted that there are now more realtors in the Knoxville area than there are houses to be sold.

And along with that reality has come a hyper competitive environment for realtors. With that environment we are starting to see more unethical practices surface as some agents become desperate to get business.

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The Haney House- Beautiful Mountaintop Retreat In Knox County

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The Haney House

Dan and Linda Haney are originally from Miami, Florida, and as avid motorcycle fans they would come to Knoxville for different conventions. They began to fall in love with the area for a variety of reasons- one it was a great area to drive their motorcycle. Continue reading…