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Stallings is realtor, teacher, friend

The 22nd educator in her family, Emma Bea Stallings uses her teaching skills in her latest career as a realtor.

After receiving a math and science degree from Carson-Newman, Stallings spent three years teaching in the Knox County Schools system and one year teaching in Kansas.

“I reared my children, so for a lot of years I didn’t work, and I decided to try something different,” Stallings said about why she left teaching. “When the children were able to drive, then I went to work, decided I needed a new outlet for my energy.” Now Stallings works for Realty Executives as an independent realtor.

“I grew up on a farm, so I’ve always had a fascination with houses and furniture,” Stallings said about how she ended up in real estate.

Stallings said as a single realtor, her business is “strictly hands on with my buyers and hands on with my sellers, I take a personal interest in helping them either sell their house or buy their house.

“If you use me, I personally keep abreast of all the details and work with you every step of the way.”

For her sellers, Stallings said she gives “tips on how to get [the house] ready, I give hands on, I rearrange the furniture if they agree to it, anything to make their house more sellable.

“If sellers are moving out of town, I want them to leave with the feeling that they had a good experience here even as they left,” Stallings added.

When working with buyers, Stallings said she likes to give an assessment to her buyers to figure out their needs — how far they are willing to drive to work and how close they want to be to schools — and then she pulls out a map and sees what she has available that fits their criteria.

“People ask me if I was a teacher,” Stallings added. “It’s service work in my job and I feel extremely responsible for them and their family’s needs.”

Stallings said she enjoys people and likes them to be happy.

“I’m a people person, I like to talk to people and find out what they like and what they need, I want them to get to their spot and be happy,” she added.

In her work, Stallings also makes friends.

“My services extend beyond the purchase of the house to helping the buyers with general information and/or friendship,” Stallings said.

“One of my favorite stories, I sold a house to a couple that were engaged; I went to the wedding and helped her with her dress and took pictures. When she’s in town, we have lunch, that’s what I like to do,” she added.

Stallings said the teacher in her also likes to continue her own education.

Stallings added she has certification as a Certified Residential Specialist, from Graduate REALTOR Institute, and as an Accredited Buyer Representative.

In addition to work and education, Stallings also finds time to volunteer.

“I do volunteer work with the Akima Club, Akima is the Indian word for women,” Stallings said.

As part of the club, Stallings said she makes visits to nursing homes, Sunshine Industries and Ronald McDonald house.

“We do work a lot of places,” she added.

Growing up in Rose Hill, Va., Stallings said her mother taught her the importance of service work.

“I grew up with a mother, Mae Hobbs, who worked all the time, but she said you need to do something for somebody else.

“I enjoy very much being a part of the community at large and doing my part to make it a better place to live,” Stallings added. “I’ve always felt we need to make the world a better place one act at a time, and I know that sounds corny, but it’s the truth.

For more information, contact Stallings at 865-693-3232.


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