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Celebrating Dad

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By Vickie Saladin, Owner of Gallery on Main Owner

Father’s Day, which is celebrated on Sunday, June 17, this year, will be here before we know it. I would like to personally invite you to visit us at Gallery on Main for that forever gift that Dad will cherish and remember for many years to come.

Located in historic downtown Sweetwater, Gallery on Main has a wide variety of gifts for you to discover that you just cannot find in the “big box” stores. Consider a fine hand-crafted writing instrument created by area artisans that can be used and enjoyed by your father every day and that becomes a legacy gift to be shared with future generations. Or maybe Dad would enjoy a hand-crafted, rustic end-table created from white oak with cedar branch legs to rest his remotes and favorite beverage in his “man cave.” We also feature prints of popular vintage car grills, reminiscent of Dad’s teenage years, which can be framed and beautifully displayed in his special area of your home.

While you are visiting Gallery on Main, come early and be sure to enjoy a custom brewed coffee (hot, iced, or frozen) at our new “Cup Runneth Over” and “Sweet Shop,” which are also located in historic downtown Sweetwater. Or enjoy a lunch to remember at one of our wonderful downtown restaurants. Also, be sure to visit Main Street Marketplace, a special event hosted by the City of Sweetwater. Visit the city’s Facebook page for a list of dates, times, and vendors who will be participating each weekend. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

The 3 “M”s in Real Estate: Marketing, Marketing, Marketing

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East TN Mountain ViewsBy Jesse C. Boling, REALTOR®

In the real estate marketplace, you will often hear the phrase “location, location, location,” which emphasizes the significant role that location represents in the resale of your existing home. While important, your home’s location is just one of the many components that must be considered when developing a winning marketing strategy.

Well-thought out marketing strategies greatly enhance your potential for success and replace what often has passed for marketing in the past, namely a for sale sign in the front yard. A well-thought out marketing strategy that is carefully implemented can often result in selling your home faster and for the highest price possible when compared to the for sale sign method.

I typically have a sit-down strategy session with the sellers where we discuss their expectations, the unique features and characteristics of their home, market valuations, schools, shopping, essential city services, etc. Based on this information, we carefully develop a strategy to target a variety of communication and advertising platforms designed to reach prospective buyers. In preparation for marketing your home, we recommend enhancements to its interior and exterior, take professional photos, including overhead drone photography, prepare sales sheets for each home, and then custom design signage for your home.

Your home is unique, and your marketing strategy should be as unique as your home. That is why I am engaged every step of the way. From staging and photography to custom sign design, market strategy development, and negotiations, I will do everything in my power to sell your home in as little time as possible, and at the highest possible price.

There are no guarantees in life, but by taking a professional approach to marketing your home from the start, your potential for success is greatly enhanced.

Jesse C. Boling, REALTOR®
Exit Real Estate Professionals Network
865-383-3948 office
865-335-7270 cell

The WannaBeatles Live in Concert at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

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East TN Mountain ViewsCome experience a different kind of Beatles Tribute – a one-of-a-kind show that blends the great classic songs of the British Invasion with hilarious on-stage antics. On Saturday, June 30, at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the nationally known group, The WannaBeatles, will be performing all of your favorite songs from the iconic group, along with selections from other quintessential bands of the ’60s and ’70s.

“We are thrilled to announce that The WannaBeatles will be performing in our amphitheater, and we are expecting quite a show!” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. “This is a unique opportunity to hear this Grammy Award-nominated band here in Townsend.”

The Heritage Center, as it is affectionately known, is at its core a Heritage and Cultural Museum and has been hosting concerts in its covered amphitheater for more than 10 years.

“There is no denying that music is an integral part of our history in East Tennessee, and we are lucky to have this facility to host this amazing group,” said Logan. “This Nashville-based band has been the only tribute act to have actually written songs for Paul McCartney, and they have brought smiles to fans for years!”

Dennis Scott, one of the four dynamic members, is a two-time Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer and producer. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Ray Charles, Faith Hill, and even the Muppets! He and his band will be playing oldies and goodies such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” as well as medleys from such bands as The Monkees, The Who, and The Doors.

The ticket sales from this benefit concert will directly support the Heritage Center’s mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the unique history and rich culture of this region. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is located only 45 minutes from West Knoxville at 123 Cromwell Drive in Townsend.

Tickets are on sale now by calling 865-448-0044 between 9 am and 5 pm. Advanced ticket prices will be $15 for members of the GSM Heritage Center and $20 for non-members. Tickets are general admission seating, and quantities are limited. Tickets at the door will be $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Advance tickets are recommended!

The evening will kick off at 5 pm with dinner available for an additional charge from Mooyah’s Burgers, Shakes and Fries. The performance will begin at 7 pm. If you have never been to a concert at the Heritage Center before, it is recommended that you bring a lawn chair, and note that no outside food or beverage is allowed.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 865-448-0044 or visit www.GSMHeritageCenter.org. The concert is sponsored by First Century Bank, The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Mooyah’s Burgers, Shakes, and Fries, Parkway Grocery, and media sponsor Everything Knoxville.

Your Biggest Financial Threat in Retirement Might Surprise You

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By Yvonne Marsh, CFP®, CPA

While most retirees worry about stock market downturns, an even bigger financial threat is an unexpected health event that Medicare doesn’t cover. The average cost of home health care and assisted living is more than $40,000/year and a full-skilled care facility is more than $70,000/year. This retirement planning decision is truly a family one – if you don’t make plans to cover these costs, the burden falls to your adult children, who are trying to save for their own retirement and their kids’ education. That is not a scenario anyone wishes for their children!

Several options exist to pay for home health and long-term care costs:

1. Self-insure and rely on family members
Pros: If you never need long-term care, you haven’t spent money on unnecessary premiums.
Cons: A couple’s funds can be depleted providing care for the first spouse, leaving the second spouse with few options. Additionally, the psychological and physical toll on the caregiving spouse is significant.

2. Let my money run out and rely on the government
Pros: Minimal cost.
Cons: Medicaid requires you to be impoverished and gives you little control over the facility in which you will live. It does not cover home health or assisted living.

3. Use traditional long term care insurance
Pros: Annual premiums provide insurance benefits for a variety of home health, assisted living, and skilled facilities.
Cons: Premiums do increase over time, and it has the “use it or lose it” stigma of paying for something you may never use.

4. Asset-based long term care insurance
Pros: This is, by far, my favorite option. It allows you to reposition a portion of your savings into a type of life policy that provides a multiplied amount of your investment, tax-free, if you need long-term care. And there is no “use it or lose it” – your investment simply turns into an inheritance for your heirs, or you can even cancel the policy and request your money back.
Cons: Need to have the necessary investment minimum of $35,000 already saved, though a 10-year payment plan is available.

There is even insurance available for people who already need long-term care and are afraid they will run out of money. As a financial planner, my job is to protect my clients’ financial lives. Get started today – call my office to schedule a complimentary conversation. Your family will thank you.

Marsh Wealth Management, LLC
1341 Branton Blvd, Suite 105
Knoxville, TN 37922

Financial Planning & Investment Advisory Services are offered through Marsh Wealth Management, LLC (“MWM”), an independent investment advisor registered with the state of Tennessee. Yvonne Marsh is an Investment Advisor Representative of MWM in the state of Tennessee. Marsh Professional Group, LLC is a TN registered public accounting firm and a separate legal entity from MWM. For a detailed discussion of MWM and their investment advisory fees, see the firm’s Form ADV on file with the SEC at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

Forty and Fabulous

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East TN Mountain ViewsCelebrating YOU on June 7th, 8th & 9th

By Brenda Bryan, Owner of The Lily Pad Boutique

As most of you know, our 40th Anniversary Celebration was canceled with the passing of my husband, David. Now, more than ever, we realize that in these amazing 40 years, we’ve made not only customers, but cherished friendships and relationships. Your love, concern, support, and acts of kindness have touched our family deeply.

So now, even more than ever before, we celebrate YOU! Please plan to be a part of this milestone event with special events each day.

» Joseph Ribkoff Trunk Show – Thursday, June 7, 10 am to 5:30 pm

» Andrea Lieu Trunk Show – Thursday, June 7, Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 9, 10 am to 5:30 pm – Remember this is the fabulous line where YOU choose styles and fabrics!

A loving and heartfelt thank you again for your support and, most of all, your friendship!

The Lily Pad Boutique
209 N. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

Introducing Bakers Creek Storage

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East TN Mountain ViewsIf you have stuff – and who doesn’t? – and you’re ready to get organized, then Bakers Creek Storage is ready to help with 125 brand new climate and non-climate self-storage options available to you to select from. Designed to be convenient, secure, and affordable, with rates starting as low as $65 monthly, Baker’s Creek Storage offers climate controlled units in 10’x10’, 10’x15’, and 10’x20’ sizes. Non-climate controlled units are available in 10’x10’, 10’x15’, 10’x20’, and 10’x30’ sizes.

Located at 7442 Highway 411S in nearby and convenient Greenback, Bakers Creek Storage offers high visibility, perimeter fencing, security cameras, lighting, and automated gate with passcode/keypad entry. And customers will really appreciate the fact that the entrance and all drives are newly paved concrete.

Bakers Creek Storage is owned by husband and wife team and local entrepreneurs, Joe and Pam Everett. On-site office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday or by appointment.

If convenience, security, and affordability in climate and non-climate controlled self storage are important to you, then you need to stop by and visit Bakers Creek Storage during their regular business hours. It’s time to get organized!

Bakers Creek Storage
7442 Highway 411S
Greenback, TN 37742

Exit Real Estate Professionals Network

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East TN Mountain ViewsDiscover a Fresh Approach to Today’s Residential Real Estate Marketplace

In today’s real estate marketplace, most buyers and sellers share a generic view of the agents that act on their behalf.  You sign an agreement, the “for sale” sign goes up, ads go online and in print, buyers make inquiries, offers are made, contracts are signed, and a closing occurs.  But decisions to buy and sell real estate are rarely that simple and often require the combined skills of a trusted real estate professional that can also act in an advisory role.

Local entrepreneur and Exit Real Estate Associate Broker, Jesse Boling, first began his self-employment career at a very early age in his parent’s business and later launched two successful businesses, CH Interiors & Gifts in 2013 and Knox Graphics & Design in 2017.  Jesse’s success in retail came about largely from his unique ability to build winning teams of associates and to differentiate his companies from his competition.  Success also resulted from developing lasting relationships, comprehensive marketing strategies, and by developing all of the necessary skills needed to succeed at every new venture.

Today, as an Associate Broker at Exit Real Estate Professionals Network, Jesse has combined his years of successful entrepreneurship, along with Exit Realty’s commitment to provide the highest level of professionalism and training, offering each of their clients an uncommon level of expertise when buying and selling a home in today’s fast-paced and evolving real estate marketplace.  We hope you will enjoy this recent interview with Jesse.

MV: How have your years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner prepared you for today’s residential real estate marketplace?

Jesse: Success in any worthwhile endeavor involves planning.  Before launching any new business, every aspect of that new venture must be thoroughly examined, considered, and planned for.  Comprehensive analysis and plans must then be developed.  But, even more importantly, you need to consider the human component for every transaction, never forgetting that there are family members emotionally invested in every home that is bought or sold.

MV: What is the most important characteristic or skill required to succeed in residential real estate?

Jesse: While there are a variety of skills required for success, the most important skill is the ability to listen to your clients.  Without the ability to listen, all of your other skills are of little value.

MV: You had multiple real estate companies to select from.  What made you choose Exit Real Estate Professionals Network?

Jesse: That’s simple.  It was their comprehensive approach and commitment to provide a level of client service that is uncommon in today’s marketplace.  It was the same commitment I made to each of my customers in my retail businesses that was required to achieve success; a commitment to provide a level of service that most people thought no longer existed today.

MV: How would you describe a typical “buyer’s” experience?

Jesse: As I stated earlier, it begins with listening.  What are the buyer’s expectations? What are their priorities (schools, shopping, proximity to work, emergency services, churches)?  We need to determine budget and pursue mortgage pre-approval.  These are just a few of the requirements we need to consider, allowing us to transform ourselves from a real estate professional to a trusted advisor and ally.

MV: How would you describe a typical “seller’s” experience?

Jesse: Well, listening still is my number one priority.  We need to establish a current market price for the seller’s home, as well as a realistic timeframe for the sale to take place.  There are also a large number of recommendations we might make to the seller to enhance the probability for success at the highest possible price.  This is also where our team goes to work to create a comprehensive marketing plan designed to achieve a successful outcome.

MV: How important is communication in the buying and selling process?

Jesse: Next to listening, communication is perhaps the most often neglected component in the real estate experience.  Buyers and sellers deserve to be in the loop to whichever degree they wish to be included.  Also, with all of the communication tools available today, there’s really no excuse not to keep buyers and sellers informed.  Regardless, it’s the number one complaint we hear from buyers and sellers today.

MV: If a reader has an interest in buying, selling, or perhaps purchasing an income property, what is the best way for them to reach you?

Jesse: Those interested in reaching me can call or text me at 865-335-7270 or email me at j.boling865@gmail.com. 

MV: In closing, is there anything you would like to add?

Jesse: I would first like to thank the many thousands of people that have helped us to succeed in business, in addition to the countless friendships that have occurred as a result.  I would also like to ask you for the opportunity to earn your trust as an advisor and real estate professional on any residential real estate opportunity that you may become part of in the future.

Jesse C. Boling, REALTOR®
Exit Real Estate Professionals Network
865-383-3948 office
865-335-7270 cell

Sweetwater Main Street Opens New Doors!

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East TN Mountain ViewsThe year 2018 is looking to be a banner year in historic downtown Sweetwater. In the past few months, Sweetwater’s nationally accredited Main Street district has helped four new businesses open. Building entrepreneurs is an important goal for the Sweetwater Main Street organization. In partnership with the City of Sweetwater and funded in part with a grant through the State of TN Economic and Community Development, a formerly vacant building in downtown Sweetwater is being transformed into a business incubator. The beautiful historic building, once known at the Carter Brick Mason Building, is owned by Sweetwater Architect Sam Moser. His vision for the building has created space for a restaurant, coffee shop and bakery, a retail store, and several residential apartments in the future, as well as the relocation of his own architectural office.

Last fall the first business, Her Majesty Boutique, opened to much fanfare. It hasn’t been unusual to see a line out the door of this trendy second floor boutique. Clothing and apparel, jewelry, accessories, and more, as well as a new children’s line, Reign Couture, have drawn many new shoppers to downtown Sweetwater. The shop is owned by Ashley Ingram, Miss Tennessee United States 2017.

“It’s a very good thing to have young, smart entrepreneurs in Sweetwater,” said Mayor Doyle Lowe. “We’re so glad to play a part in these businesses success.”

In January, Vittorino’s Italian Cucina Restaurant opened and has stayed busy even through the traditionally slow months of January and February. The cuisine is fresh and made with love by owner Rosa. The venue is beautiful and cozy. Open Tuesday through Sunday, a meal in Vittorino’s Italian Cucina Restaurant is well worth the trip to Sweetwater.

March 1st welcomed the Cup Runneth Over Coffeehouse and Sweet Station Bake Shop. The Coffehouse serves Crimson Cup coffee, as well as a variety of hot teas, espressos, cappuccinos, and more. Paired with a treat or breakfast item from the Bake Shop, and this stop is a must when visiting Sweetwater. The eclectic interior spotlights the original brick walls and locally made countertops, tables, and chairs. A space was created for live entertainment, and the back section of the building has a meeting room available for parties and gatherings.

Several years ago the Sweetwater Main Street organization hired a consultant for a master plan as part of a grant through the East TN Foundation. The process of creating the master plan identified several goals for downtown Sweetwater. Some of those goals included a restaurant serving pizza that more locals would support, businesses that stayed open past 5 pm, and a coffee shop.

“These new ventures are a clear fulfillment of several long-term goals, and it’s exciting to watch,” said Jane McGuire, Sweetwater Main Street Director. “We are so proud to play a part of this process.”

Sweetwater is home to so many unique shopping experiences and dining options. These new businesses will help continue to draw visitors and locals alike and enhance what is already a great day trip. So make plans to visit Sweetwater soon! For more information, follow the Main Street Marketplace Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shoplocalatmsm.

Main Street Marketplace
105 S. Main Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874

On The Lake Realty Congratulates Agent, Susan Akagi, for $22+ Million in Sales

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East TN Mountain ViewsOn The Lake Realty, Karen Millikan would like to congratulate and announce that her top producing agent, Susan Akagi, has achieved more than $22 MILLION in sales volume for the close of the 2017 business year! That is almost twice as much as the year before or any previous year! If you see Susan out on a property, feel free to congratulate her and give her kudos for a job well done!

Susan and her husband, Art, moved to Tellico Lake 13 years ago, where they built a beautiful waterfront home in Kahite on Tellico Lake. She comes from a background in communication, where she managed customer service centers for years and trained executives on developing memorable and positive customer experiences. Armed with marketing savvy and cutting-edge technology, her family-oriented style ensures that every detail is handled with ease and expertise, which has proven instrumental in helping her achieve her goals as one of the top producing Realtors in all of the Knoxville area. She presently resides in Tellico Village, a golf and lake community on Tellico Lake. She loves to boat and is familiar with lake and golf properties. Susan enjoys showing off all that the Tellico Lake area has to offer either by land or by water!

Susan has been selling real estate for more than 13 years on Tellico Lake and specializes in lake area properties. Many of the communities Susan has as her focus are Tellico Village, Rarity Bay, Kahite, Foothills Pointe, Harbor Place, Tellico Harbor, and others, just to name a few.

Susan brings a world of business skills and insight to the real estate process. She is a skilled negotiator, and her market knowledge is one of her greatest assets. Her dedication and professional service are unparalleled. In today’s market, you need a quality professional working for you.

Starting a new chapter of your life? Let Susan help! Her dynamic customer service experience coupled with her winning philosophy puts people first! Susan is a licensed Realtor® in the State of Tennessee.

Susan Akagi, Realtor®
On The Lake Realty

865-643-0553 Direct
800-884-2260, Ext. 2 Office

Success in Residential Real Estate Begins with a Comprehensive Marketing Plan

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Having been active in the Tellico Village, Rarity Bay, and Tellico Lake area residential real estate marketplace since 2006, most area residents are familiar with my efforts both as a realtor and my marketing support efforts on behalf of other realtors in this same marketing area. While the marketing of residential real estate continues to evolve, one important characteristic that remains unchanged is that nothing can replace a well-thought out, comprehensive, and carefully implemented marketing strategy.

During my time in the real estate marketplace, I discovered that the most successful realtors were also the very best marketers. As a result, I recently re-launched my real estate career with Woody Creek Realty, where I will concentrate my efforts on behalf of both buyers in sellers in Tellico area communities.

What I will be offering sellers in particular is truly unique. I will be offering every seller a comprehensive marketing analysis in which the seller is an active participant. I will personally prepare all marketing materials rather than sub-contract them to a third party. My skills include:
» Professional Real Estate Photographer
» FAA Licensed Drone Pilot (certificate # 3985893)
» Member of the Knoxville Association of Realtors since 2006
» GRI Designation

Since 2006, I have personally photographed and developed the digital and print marketing materials for hundreds of area homes and have developed a unique ability to identify and market each home’s most unique and positive characteristics to enhance your potential for more showings and a successful sales outcome. I offer each seller a total turn-key experience, where I personally work hand-in-hand with my clients and where a high value is placed on communication. Why not put my 10+ years of residential real estate marketing and sales to work for you?

Stephen Alexander, Affiliate Broker/GRI
Woody Creek Realty

865-299-5199 office
865-766-7777 cell

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P.O. Box 432

Vonore, TN 37885

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