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Realtor sells customers on community

If Emma Beal Stallings of Realty Executives on Kingston Pike were a comic book character, she could be a superhero — energetic real estate executive by day and community activist in her spare time.

Stallings is the first to admit with a chuckle that she has a busy, active life and plans things down to the last detail. Her busy schedule, she says, comes from fulfillment from her work as well as a desire to give back to the community.

“I’m like a dog with a big ol’ bone,” Stallings says. “I don’t ever give up on anything.”

The awards that line the walls of her office speak volumes of her dedication and enthusiasm to the real estate profession, not to mention the fact she has spent past 14 years in this field.

“I sell mostly residential properties, but I do some commercial property sales,” she said.

She says she is strictly a “hands on” realtor and takes a personal interest in helping her customers either buy or sell a home. She says she will even offer tips to sellers on how to rearrange the interior layout f a home to make it more marketable.

“I really enjoy what I do,” she says. “I get to know the people I deal with and if they need my involvement in their personal lives, I do that.”

Stallings says she’s honored when customers become friends and invite her to family functions, such as birthdays, celebrations and even football games.

“One of my favorite stories I like to tell is about when I sold a house to a couple that were engaged,” she says. “I went to the wedding, helped with the dress and took pictures. When she’s in town, we have lunch.”

Stallings’ community involvement highlights her love of people and her desire to interact with them. One of her passions is music and she is involved with the Knoxville Symphony.

“I’m a member of the Knoxville Symphony League,” she says. “The League is a fund-raising organization and one of the things I help with is the symphony house.”

The show house is a house chosen for its beauty and the league sells tickets to allow visitors to walk through the home.

“It’s really popular,” Stallings says. “I can remember in one three-hour period I had people from as far away as Kentucky and Morristown coming here to see the show house.”

She says she is also involved with the Knoxville Opera as well as the University of Tennessee School of Music.

An organization close to her heart is St. Mary Hospice, which cared for her mother, Mae Hobbs, during her waning years.

A lot of her spare time goes to a 60-year-old service organization known as the Akima Club of Knoxville, Stallings says. Akima is an American Indian term meaning “young woman.”

“We do a lot of things,” Stallings says. “We do volunteer work at assisted living centers; we decorated the Ronald McDonald House for Christmas; and we did the Christmas party for Sunshine industries. We do tons of things each year.”

For more information about Realty Executives or Akima, call 865-693-3232.


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