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New realty office open in Town


A local real estate group is returning to its Farragut roots with a new office that opened off Kingston Pike Jan. 10.

Keller Williams Realty opened its second Knoxville area location at 11121 Kingston Pike, Suite C, in the Farragut Corporate Center. Keller Williams opened its first Knoxville location in Farragut in 2008, then moved to its current local headquarters in Bearden.

Now the realty company is opening a second office to meet demand.

“Farragut is a very growing area,” Keller Williams Knoxville CEO and principal broker, Sharon Laing, said.

“A lot of our agents live in the Farragut area, and they wanted to have an office in Farragut,” she added.

Keller Williams employs 155 agents total in the Knoxville area; 26 of those agents will be at the Farragut office with room for more.

“There are no brand new agents in this office; everybody is a seasoned agent,” Laing said.

The Farragut office will specialize in residential sales, but the Bearden office also handles commercial and auction sales.

“We work everything. Especially in this economic time, I think you have to do that. You have to look at a variety of things,” Laing said.


She said Keller Williams has short-sale and REO certifications, as well as specialties in land sales and other areas.

Laing said Keller Williams was lucky not to be as affected by the recession as some other realty companies.

“I don’t think it’s affected us as much as maybe some other companies,” Laing said, adding that Keller Williams did $162 million in sales last year in the Knoxville area.

The reason for their wellbeing might be that Keller Williams is education-based and more structured than some other real estate offices, Laing said.

“We consult with our agents, have them set goals for their career and what they need to do in their sales. We have constant in-house training for them on how to work with sellers, how to work with buyers, how to market their listings.

“I think our numbers prove that,” she said.

Laing said Keller Williams will be looking to expand further into the Knoxville market in coming years.

“Our outlook is for the market to trend up in the future,” Laing said.

Keller Williams University in Austin, Texas, has predicted an up-tick of 12 to 15 percent in the housing market, according to Laing, who also said Knoxville has been listed in the top five recovering markets nationwide.

“I think commercial is probably a year to a year-and-a-half behind us” in recovering, Laing said.

The managing broker of the Keller Williams Farragut office will be Joanne Mielenz; Laing said Keller Williams always was look for more agents.

The Farragut office’s hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays. An answering service answers calls on Sunday.

For more information, call the office at 865-966-5005 or visit www.kw.com

 

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