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Rapid Realty and Ready Realtors

Yes, there are Tellico Village homes for sale. Yes, they are going quickly and yes, we are here to help!

If you’ve been in the housing market lately, you’re probably wondered if the market is going to allow you to find your perfect home. Ideally, you would have the time to schedule a showing of the home, talk about it with friends and family, way the pros and cons, and maybe still even have some time in there to do a classic “I was going to that part of town” second and third drive by.

However, the housing market is living its best life and all us home buyers are stressed, in bidding wars and offering over asking price. If the housing market was a card game, I’d say it feels a lot like poker. You have no idea what the other guy is about to play and if you go big – the fall could be bigger.

Yes, homes for sale are a hot item right now, but here at Crye Like Realtors and Explore Tellico Village, our pace is the same it’s always been. We know the market is scary and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Whether it’s deciding if there’s a grocery store nearby (there is), if there is access to water (there is), and if the community has southern charm (they do) – we’re your question board and you can never ask too many.

The housing marking may be moving at a rapid pace, but our customer service and attentiveness to the needs and concerns of our buyers are still the same. Schedule a tour of Tellico Village, setup a meeting with our of our realtors, or ask about Tellico Village homes for sale today! Contact us today!

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Real Estate 101: What’s a Buyer’s Agent?

Confused by complicated real estate jargon? You’re not alone! Even the most well-informed home buyers and sellers are often at a loss when it comes to fully understanding who is who in the world of real estate.

We here at Crye Leike Realtors: Tellico Village hope to not only assist you in finding a new home here in Tellico Village / East Tennessee but also to help make being a home buyer or seller just a little bit easier by sharing our expertise with you. We’ve found it helpful to have a firm grasp on a few real estate basics – namely, the correct terms for the major players in your real estate deal.

One question we often get is “Do I need a buyer’s agent? What can a buyer’s agent do for me?” We’re here to help! This article covers what a buyer’s agent is, how they can help you, and the process.

Protect and promote their client’s interest:

When a seller lists a property for sale, the listing agent’s job is not only to find a buyer, but they also protect and promote the interest of the seller. A buyer’s agent’s job is not only to find the buyer a property, but they protect and promote the buyer’s interest.

Take you through the process:

The buyer’s agent writes the contract. This is really important. A strategic, well-written contract with attention to detail is one way you protect a client. Who pays closing costs? What happens if the inspection uncovers something bad? What happens if a defect is uncovered sometime in the future? The stack of paperwork to sell or buy a house is not just a stack of paperwork; it is a legal binding contract with significant implications. You want someone experienced looking out for you. After handling the ins and outs of the negotiation process to reach a contract, there is a fury of activity leading up to closing. Disclosures. Inspections. Repairs. Title research. Loan underwriting stipulations. Final inspection. Closing statement review. The buyer’s agent is with you every step of the way, from the start to the closing table.

Apply their expertise to help you:

A buyer’s agent helps you avoid pitfalls, and, yes, there are pitfalls. Every experienced full-time agent has stories of the wild and crazy things that happen in real estate. Its best to first avoid the pitfall, but if something should come up, to ethically and efficiently have the knowledge and expertise to handle it.

A buyer’s agent will be your advisor. Your advocate. Educate you on market conditions. Help you make better financial decisions. Do homework for you. Reduce your stress. Help you separate the emotion from the deal. Find a way for buyers to attain as many of their needs as possible when dealing with the realities of the market and their financial constraints. In summary, apply their experience and expertise to help you.

Help you find your perfect property:

Sometimes the perfect property is different than you originally had in mind. Financial considerations and the reality of the market take over. The awesome looking property you saw online turns out to be not so awesome when you actually tour it. The trick is to achieve the buyer’s lifestyle needs with a different set of features than originally anticipated.

Buyers want what they want. Sellers have what they have. As a buyer’s agent, I match them together. I go inside many for sale houses every week, week after week. I scour the MLS every day. I review every new property for sale, every price change, and every sale in the areas I work. It takes time to learn the market. A buyer’s agent can get a buyer up to speed quickly and narrow their search until they have identified their top choices.

In the early stages, a buyer researches online and browses houses for sale. At some point they need to get boots on the ground and take the search on the road. National Association of Realtors reports that in 2013, 68% of new home shoppers used mobile apps in their process. Eventually the search gets more serious, and we take to touring homes that meet price and other criteria, starting with the long list of possibilities and eventually getting to the short list of properties to visit a second time for a more in-depth look. A buyer’s agent helps you every step of the way by identifying properties, good and bad features of each property, and price comparable properties.

Online property searches are a great way buyers start their house hunt, but online searches are not complete, as they often contain errors and can be several days behind. A new listing that hits the MLS takes time to be on the popular websites. This is because it requires the agent to push the listing. It takes time. If the agent never pushes the listings, then they never make it online. That is why online searches are typically not complete.

When you’re seriously shopping and want the latest and greatest, most accurate, timeliest information, nothing beats an MLS Portal and a MLS email feed. An MLS portal is the public’s mainline access directly into the Knoxville Multiple Listing Service (MLS). It’s your way to get the data directly from the source. The only way to get an MLS Portal, login ID, and password is through a real estate buyer’s agent. The MLS email feed will send you an email when any new property or price change happens that meets your criteria. The Portal and email feed provide almost as much information as the real estate agent has.

When is the time to get a buyer’s agent?

Today! Now! Engage a buyer’s agent as early in the buying process as possible. Buying sometime next year? Then get a buyer’s agent NOW. Thinking of retiring to Tellico Village someday? Then get a buyer’s agent NOW. It’s never too early. What could you possibly be waiting for? It doesn’t cost the buyer any money. It doesn’t save the buyer or seller any money if you don’t use a buyer’s agent, so why not use them through the process, right from the beginning?

Want to learn more or schedule a tour of Tellico Village? Contact us today!

Article content originally written by: Tom Gongola, Crye Leike Realtor for Tellico Village

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Tellico Lake: More than just a Lake

When you see Tellico Lake homes for sale, most think – that’s nice….. IF you have a boat. But, without a boat, what’s the point of lakeside living?

Tellico Lake is more than just a lake that provides lakeside living, it’s a part of our East Tennessee history – not to mention a bonus feature to any home! Stretching 33 miles along the Little Tennessee River, this body of water provides locals with over 350 miles of shoreline and over 15,000 acres of water for recreational activities.

Tellico Lake provides lake activities such as fishing areas, campgrounds, day-use areas, and boat ramps. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to fish or a public dock for a weekend on the water – Tellico Lake has it all. In addition to providing locals with recreation water activities and a constant source of entertainment – Tellico Lake also provides a little piece of our East Tennessee history!

A lake is just a lake right? Wrong! Every place has a story, and Tellico Lake is no different. Much of Tellico Lake’s history comes from local attraction Fort Loudoun State Historic Park. This unique park is found on an island on the lake and boasts views of the Appalachian mountains.

Originally lying adjacent to Fort Loudoun Lake, it wasn’t until 1979 that the construction of the Tellico Dam allowed these two bodies of water (Fort Loudoun and Tellico Lake) to join forces to provide flood control, navigation, and power production. With cooler water than most lakes, this body of water gets its inflow of cold water from both the Chilhowee and Tellico Rivers.

In regards to fishing, Tellico Lake has been deemed a relatively infertile body of water and does not support a high density of fish. However, some of the most common game fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, rainbow trout, and walleye.

Now when you see a Tellico Lake home for sale, you’ll think – what a place to live! We here at Explore Tellico Village are here to help you see the bigger picture! Want to learn more about Tellico Lake homes for sale or the Tellico Village area? Contact us today!

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Spring back into Social at Tellico Village!

Spring is just around the bend and surely as the sun comes out and the tulips begin to bloom – we find ourselves feeling a little more awake, alive and social. Tellico Village provides a certain lifestyle to all of those who live here, a lifestyle that encourages volunteering, fitness, the outdoors, education, but above all – community.

With all of the social butterflies coming out with the sun, here are a few social opportunities happening right here in Tellico Village!

Karaoke at Tellico Village Yacht Club: Are you interested in singing your favorite tune and enjoying a night out in an elegant venue? Join us at the Yacht Club on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm at the Blue Heron Restaurant! All singing levels are welcome!

Joints in Motion: Beginning this month, JIM will be led in the Warm Water Therapy Pool (yes, we have a fitness center with a wide variety of fitness amenities!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2pm. JIM is a warm water-based program that assists with balance, flexibility, posture and muscle strength. This social fitness option also decreases joint pain and weakness for those suffering from stiffness and chronic pain or in need of rehabilitation.

April Pickleball: Did you know the month of April is pickleball month? Well we here at Tellico Village are more than excited about it! In celebration, every Wednesday in April the Wellness Center will host drop-in pickleball from 2-4pm! New to the game? That’s okay! Our experienced club members will be there to teach you the rules of pickleball so you can get started on enjoying a fun new sport!

Yacht Club Events: Looking for some live music to liven up your weekends this April? We have just the solution! Stop by the Yacht Club Tiki Bar on Friday evenings to enjoy live music and dancing! Bands such as the Trent James Band, Barry Jolly, DJ Steve, and the Mighty Blue Band will be playing! Did we mention there’s a cash bar, no cover charge and it’s open to the public? Fridays never looked so good!

Tanasi Bar & Grill: We’ve taken care of your social schedule for Fridays (see Yacht Club Events above) and we can take care of your Mondays as well! Join us for Music Mondays at Tanasi Bar & Grill from 5:30-8:30pm for live music by the water! Bands such as JJ Tyson, Kenny Dykes, James Seaton, and 45 RPM will be there – how about you?

Fishing Club: Have you always been a fisherman but never had the community to enjoy it with? Join us at the Tellico Village Fishing Club! With educational gatherings featuring guest speakers and regular monthly meetings – this club is anything but fishy! Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Pete Young at 865-458-1527 or visit

Tellico Cruising (Boating) Club: Our Tellico Village lifestyle is often associated with lakeside living so it only makes sense that we would have a fun and active boating club! With monthly meetings, social hours and boat topics covering everything from pontoons, bow riders, wake boats, cruisers, and all motorized craft – anyone with any percentage of boat ownership is sure to want to be a part of this club! Find out more information at

Hiking Club: Are you an avid hiker but don’t want to go solo? Our Hiking Club has various hiking excursions featured every month! This month we are going to Ramsey Cascades, a difficult but beautiful 8-mile hike that boasts a multitude of waterfalls and rapids to view along the way. Not an advanced hiker? No problem! There’s an additional hike to Mouse Creek Falls on the schedule that’s only a little less than 5 miles and an easy hike with a moderate incline! No matter your skill level, we have hikes for everyone!

Feeling social yet? We sure are! Join us at Tellico Village as we create a community that’s more than just clubs and commonalities – but a lifestyle that supports your neighbors while building your social circle! Looking to make Tellico Village your home? Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today at (865) 458-3000 to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to schedule a tour? CLICK HERE!

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Events for the Whole Family

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from having fun! There’s so much going on in Tellico Village and the surrounding East Tennessee area. From concerts and festivals to monster trucks, there’s something fun for the whole family!


Check out some highlights of events happening below:


  • Art Garfunkel, 8 pm, January 18, Bijou Theatre
  • The Devil Makes Three, 9 pm, January 19, The Mill & Mine
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, 8 pm, January 22, Tennessee Theatre
  • Blue Highway, 8 pm, January 25, Open Chord
  • Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Danfis Prieto, 8 pm, January 29, Bijou Theatre
  • Nile Rodgers and CHIC, 7:30 pm, January 30, Tennessee Theatre
  • Waynestock Festival 2019, February 1 and 2, Relix Valley Theatre
  • Young the Giant, 7:30 pm, February 6, Tennessee Theatre
  • James Taylor, 7:30 pm, February 7, Thompson-Boling Arena
  • Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors and Ellie Holcomb, 7 pm, February 9, Bijou Theatre
  • Bethel Music, 7 pm, February 10, Knoxville Civic Center
  • Walk the Moon and Bear Hands, 8 pm, February 14, Asheville, NC
  • Luke Combs, LANCO, and Jameson Rodgers, 7 pm, February 15, Thompson Boling Arena
  • Lauren Daigle, March 14, Knoxville Civic Center


Other Special Events

  • PBR Velocity Tour, 7 pm, February 2, Thompson Boling Arena
  • Knoxville Winter Warm-up Beer Festival, 1 pm, March 2, Emporium Center
  • Bassmaster Classic, March 15-17, Thompson Boling Arena


Ready to see all of these exciting events? It’s time to make Tellico Village home! We have several beautiful homes for sale right here in East Tennessee! Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Don’t let the sun set on this opportunity, contact us today here or at (865) 458-3000!

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Ho Ho Holiday Lights!

In December, the temperatures get colder and outdoor activities become harder to find. This holiday season, grab the family and enjoy all the holiday lights East Tennessee has to offer. Here a a few places you and your family can go to see all the beautiful holiday lights:


Sevier County’s Winterfest

Sevier County has over 15 million lights throughout the county, and you can view these either on your own or by riding the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. This is a fun experience for the whole family and is open through February 28, so you have plenty of time to see the magic.


Rock City’s Garden of Lights

Right on the Georgia-Tennessee line, not only will you “see Rock City” but you will also see all the lights Chattanooga has to offer! In Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights you will have the chance to see over 1 million lights. You can also visit Ruby Falls Christmas Underground. Both are only a short drive from Tellico Village.


Bristol Speedway

Travel a 5-mile route to see over 2 million lights throughout Bristol’s pinnacle speedway. The speedway also offers an ice skating rink and has several Christmas shops which will be fun for the whole family.


Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood features over 4 million lights throughout the park. Whether they’re on buildings, gardens, signs, or throughout the Parade of Many Colors, Dollywood is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. The park is open through January 3, 2018.


Knox County’s Holiday Festival of Lights

December 15-30 at the Cove in Knoxville, you can see the annual Holiday Festival of Lights. This 3-mile trail has several different light displays synchronized to music for a twist from your typical light display.


Make sure to get outside this holiday season and see all that Tellico Village has to offer! Looking to make Tellico Village your home? Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today at (865) 458-3000 to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to schedule a tour? CLICK HERE!

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Don’t Get “Board” this Winter!

As temperatures drop and the chance for snow rises in Tellico Village, it’s time to start looking for activities we can enjoy indoors with family and friends without having to break out the jacket. The next time you get bored, play some of these card and board games!


Grab three other friends and pair up in teams of two for this exciting card game! Try to shoot the moon and get the full 200 points each round by catching the other team’s cards with the rook. This card game is great to play with a small group of friends.


Don’t lose your marbles playing this game! This is another board game for up to four people where the goal is to be the first person to get all your marbles home. The “aggravating” part comes when you capture another player’s marbles or get your marbles captured by an opponent.


This crazy eights style card game will have you “wild” with all its stops and reverses. Work to get rid of all your cards and try not to get a draw four. Be the first person with one card left to yell “UNO!” to win! This is a great game to play with kids!


Scrabble combines the fun of a word puzzle with the critical thinking skills of a strategy game. Expand your vocabulary as you try to create words that will get you the most points. This is a great game for people of all ages.


Qwirkle is a fun board game for your next family game night. It requires strategy and mathematical skills as you try to place tiles with colors and shapes in a pattern. It is known for keeping the brain happy and healthy.

Make Tellico Village Home

Looking for a nice warm home this winter? We have several beautiful homes for sale right here in Tellico Village! Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Don’t let the sun set on this opportunity, contact us today here or at (865) 458-3000!

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Save a Pumpkin, Carve a Lifestyle!

Fall in Tellico Village is the perfect time to get out and explore all the area has to offer. It is also an excellent time to watch a beautiful sunrise or sunset in the mountains of East Tennessee. Whether you are looking to move to the area or you have lived here for many years, there are many sights to see. Below are a couple of the scenic areas you and your family can enjoy.

Max Patch

Soak up an incredible sunrise or sunset at this beautiful grassy summit. Bring a blanket, a camera, and the pets and plan to stay for a while to enjoy the view. This 360 view allows you to see North Carolina and Tennessee at the same time all while enjoying this stop on the Appalachian Trail. This hike is relatively moderate at 1.5 miles roundtrip.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

This park is home to over 180 miles of hiking trails and 35 miles of biking trails. Feel free to spend all day exploring the trails and finish the day at the East Rim Overlook where you can view a breathtaking sunset. This park is just an hour north of Knoxville and worth the drive to see the striking sandstone bluffs. The trails range from short and easy to long and strenuous hikes.

Make Tellico Village Home

Looking to experience these spectacular views and more every day? We have beautiful homes for sale right here in Tellico Village! Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Don’t let the sun set on this opportunity, contact us today at (865) 458-3000! Want to send us a message? Visit our contact page HERE.

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Technology Meets Real Estate

Today’s real estate marketplace is different from five years ago. Technology has changed both how people shop for properties and how Realtors market properties.

Buyers have an entire host of new online tools and applications helping in their efforts. Gone are the days where you jumped into your realtor’s car to tour a select number of homes in a community that they felt best met your needs. Today, thanks in large part to the Internet, homebuyers using a variety of websites and apps can now conduct an exhaustive search of any area that best meets their individual criteria in just a matter of minutes. From the comfort of their home, they research areas, find houses with the specific features they want, and pick which properties they want to see. The buyers pick, not the Real Estate Agent.

The buyers know of competing houses for sale, and with a simple click, they compare the square footage, the lake view, or pictures of the master bedroom. Properties that show well online get shown more. It’s as simple as that. When we say “show well online,” we mean they stand out from the competition. They have fabulous pictures, a virtual tour, and video. The information is complete and factual. It’s not enough to rely on just the MLS anymore. Technology has changed all of that.

But those online listings, awesome photos, virtual tours, text message instant info, mobile websites, and email feeds don’t come easy, or cheap, or sometimes at all. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of technology. Realtors who are embracing technology, like our Crye Leike Realtors, are truly separating themselves from the pack. We have an arsenal of technologies that we use to do the best work for our clients. Technology has transformed every part of the business. The MLS has become incredibly powerful. Of course, marketing your home includes using the MLS, but it now also includes social media, a YouTube channel, Facebook, mobile websites, text message info systems, Zillow, Trulia, and other websites, especially if they have a mobile navigation app.

Our Crye Leike team of realtors use smartphones to communicate with other real estate professionals, clients, and even to open the lock box. We get email notifications the instant every new property gets listed in Tellico Village. Showings are set up with a service that confirms the showing agent is licensed, and feedback after the showing is electronic. All documents needed for a transaction can be filled out electronically. The title, loan, inspections, home warranty – each and every document of the transaction is electronically stored in a database.

We here at Crye Leike Realtors always strive to provide the best quality, every time. Whether it’s keeping up with the market, being knowledgeable about the area or keeping up with the times when it comes to technology and how it’s changing real estate, we’re here to provide the best possible experience for you as you find your new home!

If you’re thinking of buying a home in East Tennessee or better yet, the best place to retire in TN, Tellico Village, then call one of our Crye Leike Realtors today!

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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