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What Are the Odds?

There are only so many houses that are going to sell in a given area in a given period of time. Wouldn’t you like to know what the odds are that your home will be one of them? I know what you’re thinking. Oh come on. It’s not that simple. There are so many things that impact a sale. Size, features, price, location, and all of the great things that realtors do to market and sell the property and the price point. Yes, I can calculate the odds, and yes, all of those things change the odds. Let’s get to work.

How do you know if your house is above or below the average? Where do you stand? Be honest with yourself. Is your location better than two-thirds of the homes at your price point? Are your size and features and condition “beat out” 66% of your competition? Do you even know what your competition is?

How do I improve the odds of selling? Prepare! You’re in a competition, so get ready to compete. Start with location, location, location. You can’t move your house to a new lot (well, some houses in Tennessee can), but you can make the best of the lot you have. Make your lot awesome. Clean, cut, clear, plant, paint, fix. Make the outside look impressive.

When I list a property, I nicely tell you how to arrange your furniture, redecorate, what to move, what to keep, and what has to go. I tell you how to prepare for a showing, what to do, what not to do. It’s a system. If I tell you to take your very cute extensive collection of cat figurines down, do it! It’s not that I am anti-cat; I am pro new villager. If you want to know more about how to prepare, call me and invite me over to look at your house. Ok, you did everything you can for location, arranging your furniture for maximizing the room apparent sizes and flow, and fixing and upgrading for condition. You boosted your odds as much as you think you can. You’re ready. Now what?

Cast your net as far as you can. When I list a house for sale, of course I advertise local, because neighbors talk it up and know potential buyers. But, quite honestly, most people reading this paper already live here. We need to expand. Cast the net farther. Where do buyers come from? They come from other parts of Knoxville. They worked hard their live long days and finally move to Tellico Village at retirement. So we need to market hard in Knoxville. They also live in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, or Florida. That sums up most of us. If you moved here from one of those places, raise your hand. If your hand is up, you probably look silly, so put it down before someone sees. How do people in those locations find homes? Trulia, Zillow,,, and relocation companies. Not all houses are on these sites. Win online = improve your odds!

How else do you improve your odds? Awesome professional photos = increase your odds. Photos taken by a professional photographer are better. They absolutely make a difference. Direct mail = increase your odds. Website for your house = increase odds. Mobile website and virtual tour = increase. Cast a large net = increase. Professional printed brochures = increase. Excellent write-up written with Zillow in mind = INCREASE YOUR ODDS. “Written for Zillow” means written for someone in California that’s never heard of Loudon but loves lakes and golf and hates paying 13.3% state income tax.

I would like to make one comment about price, which is, notice that I didn’t comment about price until the end. If you’re demanding top price, your home must be the best. If you home is not the best, then price it so it’s the best for the price you’re asking. Check your competition, listen to the market, listen to the feedback, react, fix it, change it if it needs to be changed, and try something new if it’s not working.

In summary, if you want to sell, the odds are against you before you even start. It’s a competition. Prepare for battle. Stack the cards in your favor. Every little bit helps. Cast a wide net. Make a great first impression. Maximize every lead. Listen to your feedback. If it’s not working, change it.

Are you buying, selling relocating, down-sizing, or up-sizing? We have a variety of Tellico Village Realtors that will be more than happy to help guide you along the way! Whether you are new to the area or a local, we are sure to be both knowledgeable of the market, the community and the area. Call us today and be one step closer to the home of your dreams!

By Tom Gongola, Broker

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Village Update

New Villager’s Monthly Social

The New Villagers Club holds a Social 5-6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Yacht Club.

The next Social will be 5pm, Thursday August 2nd at the Yacht Club. New members should arrive at 4:30 p.m. Visit the New Villagers Club website for more information here.

T-Bart Presentation

The presentation is titled “Tellico Lake Orientation” and is free to all. It will take place on Monday, August 6th from 9 a.m. – Noon on the top floor of the Yacht Club. Subjects presented include lake characteristics and features, activities, and facilities available on the lake. Any questions, please call Frank Grote at 865-297-6486.

Tellico Village University: August Classes

DIY LAWN MAINTENANCE 2.0 Lawn Pests and Weeds – Identification and Eradication. August 13th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. UT Extension Agent John Goddard returns with more engaging and very helpful information for the lawn DIY-er. This class will take place in the Yacht Club Gallery.

WHEN STYLE MEETS TRUST: Why People are the Way They Are and What to do About it – Villager Cindy Rogers is doing a repeat of this fun and interactive two session class to help us understand how we are alike, how we are different, and how we can engage with others more e ectively. This class will take place on August 17 and 24 at Chota Rec Center from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE – this course will be eight sessions and will occur on August 20 and 27; September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 15 in the Yacht Club Gallery. This course will be taught by an instructor from the Knoxville Center for the Deaf. It is limited to 20 persons.

SOCIALMEDIA4SENIORS AT TVU – all classes at the Welcome Center Conference Room. See complete descriptions in our TVU website.

• 8/9/18 – Windows 10 Basics, 9:30-11:30, $15
• 8/9/18 – Word Processing – Microsoft Word,12:00 -2:00, $15
• 8/10/18 – Facebook 101, 9:30-11:30, $15
• 8/10/18 – Facebook Advanced, 2:00 -2:00, $15

Visit our website at for complete class descriptions, requirements, tuition information for each class and links to the registration process. Registration is required, and in some cases, it is limited so we can manage our class experience. If you must cancel, please do so via the website.

Back to School Supplies Needed

Back-to-school supplies are needed for students at Loudon County and Steekee Elementary Schools. The Tellico Village Adopt-a-Class Program supports this effort with donations. We have placed boxes at 4 convenient locations – the Wellness Center, library, Chota Rec Center and the Welcome Center (storage – may drop-o at front desk).

Items requested include sharpened pencils, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, notebook paper, 2-pocket folders, spiral notebooks, and construction paper. Classroom needs include dry erase markers and cleaner, tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and band aids. School begins on August 6, so please act now. Contact Bonnie Pierce (516-413-0177) or at or Karen Hamerslag (352-219-1046) or at with questions. Cash donations are also appreciated.

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Village Schedule

The Pickleball Club
Schedules play throughout six days of the week. To view their schedule or to attend new player training, go to www.tvpbc-

Tellico Village University
Classes, descriptions, dates, locations, and the registration form are located on their website These change weekly.

Recurring Chota Gym and Racquetball Courts Schedule:


08:00 – 9:30 a.m. Basketball 09:45-10:45 a.m. Tai Chi Practice 10:45-1:00 p.m. Open Gym
01:15- 04:15 p.m. Badminton
04:15- 05:30 p.m. Basketball
05:30 – 8:45 p.m. Pickleball Orientation

09:00-10:00 a.m. Balance, Bend, Build
10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Table Tennis
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Trainer Instruction
01:00-4:15 p.m. Open Gym

08:30 – 09:30 a.m. Core & More
10:00 – 1:00 p.m. Badminton
01:15- 02:15 p.m. I believe I can Fly Class
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Trainer Instruction
04:15- 06:00 p.m. Basketball
06:00 – 8:45 p.m. Pickleball Orientation

09:00-10:00 a.m. Balance, Bend, Build
10:00 – 1:00 p.m. Open Gym
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Table Tennis
04:15 – 06:15 p.m. Basketball
06:15- 08:45 p.m. Badminton

08:30 – 09:30 a.m. Core & More
09:45-10:45 a.m. Tai Chi Practice
11:00- 12:00 p.m. Badminton (reserved court time)
12:00 – 03:00 p.m. Badminton

9:30-12:30 p.m. Open Gym
12:30 – 02:30 p.m. Badminton
03:00 – CLOSED Open Gym

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Recreation Update

Summer has begun here in Tellico Village. Your Recreation Department has been hard at work to provide property owners with a unique recreation experience. I’m going to take some time to discuss some upcoming offerings and events within our recreation department that are coming to you this summer, as well as some recent improvements that have been made to our recreation facilities.

Now that the weather is warmer, water classes are being offered in the outdoor pools. Aqua Power began on June 5th in the Chota Pool and it will continue occurring every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. during June, July, and August. Kahite Water Exercise is already underway in the Kahite outdoor pool on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15 a.m.

The Recreation Department has also been working on making our facilities more visually appealing and replacing old equipment. At Chota Recreation Center, the racquetball courts have been re-sanded and re-painted, the tennis court fences have been repaired and painted, and a new sauna has been installed. At Kahite Fitness Center, there are two replacement treadmills, a new smith machine, as well as a new band station. The fitness center also received a new paint job.

The Wellness Center has had some recent improvements as well. New cardio equipment was approved to be purchased and install is being scheduled. The clay tennis courts were laser graded and shade was added around that specific area. The parking lot and road were also re-sealed. Thanks to Public Works for their efforts on many of these projects.

When it comes to trails, Recreation Director, Simon Bradbury, and his crew recently completed a half-mile trail at the Wellness Center named the “Chain Gang Break” in honor of the men from Kahite that come to the main Village each week to build trails. A mile of power line trail from the Community Church towards Toqua was recently completed, and several volunteers completed over a mile of trail in Toqua.

New to paddle boarding and kayaking? No problem. Simon is offering a new kayak and paddleboard program at Tugaloo Beach. Kayak 101 and Paddleboard 101 classes occur every Friday at no charge to recreation members. In July, they will also be offering several Thursday morning kayak reservation sessions. This is a great opportunity to take up a new sport, as well as taking advantage of all that the lake has to offer.

If you are interested in taking these classes, would like to learn more about them, or would like to volunteer your time in trail building, contact Chota Recreation Center at 865-458-6779 or the Wellness Center at 865-458-7070.

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Tellico Community Players

Upcoming comedy, The Dixie Swim Club, marks 100th Tellico Players production; tickets on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Tellico Community Players July production of The Dixie Swim Club, a hilarious and touching comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The play marks the 100th production by the Players since the group formed 28 years ago. In commemoration of the 100th milestone, the Players will award a pair of season tickets for the group’s 2019 productions to one of the playgoers.

Play dates are Thursday-Saturday, July 12-14 and Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22 at the Tellico Community Playhouse, 304 Lakeside Plaza, Tellico Village, Loudon. Tickets, at $21, are available online at

The Dixie Swim Club is all about five unforgettable southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. They set aside a weekend each August to recharge their relationships at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There, free from husbands, kids and jobs, they catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The play focuses on four of those special weekends, spanning a period of 33 years. James Fisher is directing; Betty Ann Sterner is the show’s producer.

Meet The Cast

Jo Beliles will play Sheree Hollinger, the spunky team captain who desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life and continues to be the group leader.

Judie Douglas appears as Dinah Grayson, a wisecracking overachiever. She’s a career dynamo, whose victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life.

Cindy Archer is Lexie Richards, a pampered and outspoken woman determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married over and over again.

Barbara Kistler-Martin will play Vernadette Simms, a self-deprecating acerbic woman acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, who has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos.

Geri Denny appears as Jeri Neal McFeeley. Sweet and eager to please, she experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

The Players first production was the melodrama Dirty Work Afoot, in September, 1990. They performed the play again in October, 1998. Early Players performances were staged in the lower level of the Tellico Village Yacht Club, and at various other venues. The current Playhouse opened in October 2014, with the comedy Red Velvet Cake Wars.

The Tellico Players upcoming comedy The Dixie Swim Club opening July 12 marks the 100th production by the Players, since the group began in 1990. The Dixie Swim Club is about ve unforgettable southern women and their antics over a 33-year period. The cast, from left: Geri Denny as Jeri Neal McFeeley, Jo Beliles as Sheree Hollinger, Cindy Archer as Lexie Richards, Barbara Kistler-Martin as Vernadette Simms and Judie Douglas as Dinah Grayson.

Looking for a place to retire or a new home? Contact one of our realtors today and join the Tellico Village community – not to mention all the events and groups!

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Tellico Men’s Softball League

The Tellico Men’s Senior Softball League concluded their spring season with a picnic and recognizing the Mustangs as league champions with a 6-2 record. They are captained by first year coach Quentin Young.

The league would like to thank Loudon Parks and Recreation for keeping the ball fields in good shape even after all the rain. The 5 team league, 55+ age, slow pitch league plays on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and will be looking for new players this fall. Men from Loudon County and surrounding areas are encouraged to join the league.

Fall practices begin 8/16/18 and there will be a league kick o meeting 8/9/18, 9:00 AM at the Chota Rec. Center in Tellico Village. For additional information, contact League Commissioner John Hunter at 865-300-6058.

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Stop by the Tellico Village Farmer’s Market!

Thank you for your continued support of the Tellico Village Farmer’s Market. It occurs every Wednesday from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Yacht Club.

We have farm fresh eggs, grain-fed beef, baked goods from VG’s Bakery, local honey, granola and dressings, tomatoes, lettuce, in-season vegetables, soaps/lotions, fudge, jewelry, fresh cut flowers, and knife sharpening.

The Farmer’s Market will be open on July 4th as usual. On July 4th, we will have our first food truck joining us. If all goes well and the turn-out is good, we will make this a regular thing and bring in more food trucks. Come out and shop local!

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Tellico Village is Shaping Our Future

The POA and Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) conducted a Town Hall on June 6, 2018. Over 370 Villagers attended the event. At the Town Hall Kick-o , Bruce Johnson, Bart Margoshes, and Wayne Enderle discussed:

• Background on the current Strategic Plan
• Some of the major challenges Tellico will be facing in the future
• The process for developing the updated Strategic Plan’s recommendations

Topics discussed at the Town Hall were long term recommendations for our infrastructure, amenities, lifestyle and other needs to keep Tellico Village a great, vibrant place to live. The reasons for updating the Long Range Strategic Plan are: the 2008 great recession ended; we have experienced significant growth and demographic changes; our property values have increased; our Village has aged; and maintenance costs have increased.

The final recommendations will include your input, data regarding anticipated growth of the Village, the impact from growth on our amenities, and updated external bench marking from competitive communities. As property owners, we own the Village and the quality of life that it provides to us. The Long Range Strategic Plan is a key road map for maintaining and improving the quality of the village, our way of life, and ultimately, our property values.

The attendees were asked to provide input by asking attendees to choose a vision statement that best ts their view of how Tellico Village should plan for the future (6-20 years). The three vision statements were:

1. Maintain the village as it is without adding additional amenities or expanding existing facilities. Assessments and fees are only increased for existing infrastructure maintenance and inflation.

2. Maintain what we have, adding amenities only when needed and justified. Assessments and fees are raised only enough to pay for infrastructure maintenance and justified amenities.

3. Tellico Village will set the standard for active adult communities by continuously improving our community and by adapting to our property owners’ changing needs. Assessments and fees are increased to achieve a best in class community with a high quality lifestyle but remain competitive.

Three hundred fifty one attendees responded. 52% of respondents chose number two, 46% chose number 3, and 2% chose number 1. It is important to note that this is not a representative sample of the entire TV. The same 3 visions will be on the upcoming questionnaire so it is very important that all property owners ll out the questionnaire in order to get a representative sample of TV property owners’ vision for Tellico Village.

Attendees were also requested to submit written questions to the panel consisting of Bart Margoshes, Bruce Johnson, and Wayne Enderle. Several questions were answered during the Q&A session but an additional 250 written questions were submitted and are being answered on Tellico Life. Go to Tellico Village is Shaping our Future on Tellico Life.

The Town Hall Kicko was the first step in obtaining Villager input. It is critical that all residents and property owners become involved in shaping our future. We need your input so that the 2019 Strategic Plan is supported by you and reflects your needs. Over the next 6 months there will be regular communications and opportunities for Villagers to participate in the plan’s development. A questionnaire will be rolled out on August 6, 2018. The questionnaire will address the future needs of Tellico Village. Later in the year focus groups will be held to discuss the questionnaire results in more depth. Information will be delivered to all property owners through The Telegram, POA Quarterly Report, The Connection, Tellico Life, HOA and NV websites, and Tellico Village Broadcasting.

Tellico Village is our home and it is essential that your voice is heard.

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VOLunteer Community

Being a resident at Tellico Village has a wide variety of perks. One perk is being close to the University of Tennessee, home of the VOL nation. Yes, VOL does stand for a season where everyone bleeds orange and finds community at tailgates and football games BUT Vol also stands for volunteer. Something our community here at Tellico Village also holds dear.

Retirement calls for many lifestyle changes and new hobbies, but what is better than a hobby that serves a larger purpose? Our community has a number of volunteer opportunities that will allow you the opportunity to do just that!

STAY: The Tellico Village community has well over 5,000 residents with many in their later years. With this, an emphasis for a neighborhood need has risen and the community has answered: STAY presents “age in place.” Through this program, neighbors help fellow neighbors stay in their homes as they age. Programs include: grocery shopping, ride sharing, home maintenance and information / educational opportunities.

COPs, Citizen’s Observer Patrol: This group assists law enforcement by acting as an extra set of “eyes and ears” for Village patrol. They report suspicious behavior, potential crimes or hazards, and have even been known to do home checks for Village residents who have been away from their home for extensive periods.

 TVVFD, Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department: Under contract to Tellico Village Property Owners Association, the volunteer fire department is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. They provide emergency medical and fire rescue service to those within Tellico Village. Made up of over 30 village volunteers, these dedicated individuals are on call 24 hours / 7 days a week.

Litter Angels: A dedicated group of volunteers who commit to keeping the Tellico Parkway free of litter and debris. Keeping watch over the entire 11-mile highway, this program has been essential in Tellico Parkway being recognized as one of the cleanest highways in the county.

WATeR, Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir: A nonprofit and non-partisan group that supports projects and policies that work to improve the environment in and around the Tellico Reservoir. These volunteers work to spread environmental education and friendly practices through public education and demonstrations.

Other organizations for volunteering include, but are not limited to: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, United Way, and T-BART: Tellico Boaters Assistance Response Team. Voted one of the best places to retire in Tennessee, Tellico Village is more than houses in the same neighborhood, it is a community. A true VOLunteer nation.

If you have been scrolling through homes for sale or searching for a resource that’s knowledgeable about the area, one of our Crye Leike realtors is sure to be able to help! Contact us today to learn more about this place we call home.