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Realty Executives Associates Lives Up to Its Name

Realty Executives Associates takes the “executive” part seriously.

By Livability on October 7, 2021

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The agents at the Knoxville-based Realty Executives Associates weren’t really surprised when RealTrends, an online resource that identifies the country’s largest and most successful real estate firms, recently ranked the company 67th out of 500 in number of transactions in 2020. 

“We were excited about that, especially when we knew that we were competing with California, Florida, New York and Chicago,” says Pat McGill, the firm’s COO and principal broker. “We’re the largest real estate office in Blount County, period.” 

McGill attributes the high ranking to perseverance, determination and a focus on living up to the firm’s name. 

“We strive hard to educate and train our agents,” she says. “We really want them to be executives in this market.” 

Businesses setting up operations in the 12-county region appreciate the relocation assistance – from helping employees find temporary housing to hiring movers. 

“For companies who are either here or transferring here, we will give their employees the white-glove treatment,” McGill says. “We will show them around town. We’ll do whatever the company wants.” 

As Cirrus Aircraft prepared to move to Knoxville, for instance, Realty Executives staff met with the carrier’s employees, answered their questions and identified agents who’d match well with “the guy who loves golden retrievers or the person who wants to fish and be on the lake,” McGill explains. 

“We make sure we marry those people up so that the person transferring in gets the best of the market and some hints, like where you want to go fishing, who can work on your boat,” she adds. 

Realty Executives also excels in property management, offering more than 700 quality rental properties for new residents who aren’t sure they want to stay permanently, as well as advertising, inspections, maintenance, tenant procurement and other services. 

Beautiful Blount County is attracting lots of newcomers with – among other things – its beautiful outdoor options and quality schools. 

“We have a mild climate with four beautiful seasons and easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” McGill adds. “It’s just a wholesome area for people to raise their kids.” 

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