Introduction Knoxville Recap

This year Nic had the privilege of attending Introduction Knoxville as part of the 2018 Winter Series class. If you're unfamiliar with Intro Knox, it's just that... an introduction to Knoxville. This course, put on by Leadership Knoxville, dives into the history and culture of Knoxville, over six weeks.

Each session focuses on the history and education of a different facet of our great city, including panels from guest speakers and local entrepreneurial business people, field trips and bus tours. The general overview is:

  1. Exploring Knoxville's History
  2. The Political, Business and Economic Community
  3. The Educational Community
  4. Our Regional Partners
  5. Quality of Life
  6. The Arts and Cultural Community 

I sat down with Nic to get a recap and pick his brain about what he found most beneficial.

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Kristen: Can you give me a rundown on what you were able to do over the six weeks? 

Nic: There's so much. One week we got to spend the day at Ijams, learning the history of Ijams, as well as Legacy Parks. A park ranger gave us a lesson on the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and the impact it has on our economy. We toured Meads Quarry that day as well. Another week we spent the day at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. We got the history of the atomic bomb, Secret City, the super computer, and toured the future of 3D Printing. One week we heard from several people about first and secondary education in Knoxville. One of my favorite weeks ended with a program that showed a lot of the different options we have for the arts in Knoxville. 

K: Yikes, seems like a lot.

N: Every week was jam packed with stuff. I know I'm leaving out a lot, too. They really pour a lot into building this program and planning each session.

K: So what kind of arts are there in Knox?

N: We saw a performance from the Children's Theatre, the Knoxville Opera, and a men's A cappella group (VOLume) from the University came. There was a string quartet from UT, and some other artists. Lots of good, local talented artists.

K: Did you try to audition for the A cappella group?

N: 

K: Ok, ok. Does anything stick out as being really eye opening to you?

N: We were able to learn about all of the unique assets we have, both environmental and business-wise. There is so much talent in Knoxville, and it really helped me gain a better understanding of the importance of retaining that great talent. Businesses and foundations such as Leadership Knoxville help to create a culture which draws these people to Knoxville.

K: That's awesome. So you made tons of new connections, right?

N: Yes. I love meeting new people and building on those relationships. It's good to meet people from different walks of life as well as different businesses and industries than I wouldn't normally come across in my own business world. It really helps you gain an appreciation for the variety of leaders in this community. It's good to see both young and old leaders have a place to come together to build relationships while working together to continue to grow this thriving city. 

K: What's one of your biggest takeaways? 

N: It was so impactful to me that we're sending another agent through in this very next class. I love the camaraderie that Intro Knox has and that graduates from past classes continue to invest in this great program. I'm excited to have Scotty join that same community and also have a hand in their class over the next several weeks.

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So watch out, Spring class - you'll probably see Nic hanging around from time to time... : ) 

If you're interested in learning more about Intro Knox, or more of the offerings that Leadership Knoxville has, visit www.leadershipknoxville.com 

Thanks to Leadership Knoxville for taking photos throughout the course! Check out some of Nic's favorite moments below.

 The entire Introduction Knoxville class breaks for a photo in Market Square

The entire Introduction Knoxville class breaks for a photo in Market Square


 Ms. Tammy White, President/CEO of Leadership Knoxville, moderates a panel of Ms. Beth Lackey, President of Spring Hill Elementary School, Dr. Jon Rysewyk, Chief Academic Officer of Knox County Schools, Ms. Leanne Hawn, Executive Principal of Career Magnet Academy, and Ms. Stephanie Welch, Vice President of Great Schools Partnership

Ms. Tammy White, President/CEO of Leadership Knoxville, moderates a panel of Ms. Beth Lackey, President of Spring Hill Elementary School, Dr. Jon Rysewyk, Chief Academic Officer of Knox County Schools, Ms. Leanne Hawn, Executive Principal of Career Magnet Academy, and Ms. Stephanie Welch, Vice President of Great Schools Partnership


 Sandi Swilley, Vice President of Leadership Knoxville introduces the panel 

Sandi Swilley, Vice President of Leadership Knoxville introduces the panel 

 Mr. Dylan Jones, Executive VP & Chief Communications Officer of Scripps Networks Interactive moderates a panel with Mr. Alan Carmichael, COO & President of Moxley Carmichael, Ms. Sharon Pryse, Chairman & CEO of The Trust Company, and Mr. Brandon Bruce, Co-founder & COO of Cirrus Insight

Mr. Dylan Jones, Executive VP & Chief Communications Officer of Scripps Networks Interactive moderates a panel with Mr. Alan Carmichael, COO & President of Moxley Carmichael, Ms. Sharon Pryse, Chairman & CEO of The Trust Company, and Mr. Brandon Bruce, Co-founder & COO of Cirrus Insight


 Nic and other members of the IK class, during a group break out session

Nic and other members of the IK class, during a group break out session

 Nic helps present his group's presentation on the six pillars of the city - Education, Growth, Vibrancy, Economy, Sustainability, Revitalization

Nic helps present his group's presentation on the six pillars of the city - Education, Growth, Vibrancy, Economy, Sustainability, Revitalization

 
 Nic with Sandi Swilley, VP of Leadership Knoxville

Nic with Sandi Swilley, VP of Leadership Knoxville


 Ms. Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation, educates the group on the history of Legacy Parks

Ms. Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation, educates the group on the history of Legacy Parks


 Touring Oak Ridge National Laboratory with Ms. Allison Hummel, Protocol Officer at ORNL

Touring Oak Ridge National Laboratory with Ms. Allison Hummel, Protocol Officer at ORNL

 The group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

The group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory 


 A Capella group VOLume from The University of Tennessee 

A Capella group VOLume from The University of Tennessee 

 The Knoxville Children's Theatre performs Scene from Cinderella 

The Knoxville Children's Theatre performs Scene from Cinderella 

 University of Tennessee String Quartet

University of Tennessee String Quartet

 Nic with Corey Shepherd, Chris Chadwell, Phillip Hopper and Andrew Kilgore

Nic with Corey Shepherd, Chris Chadwell, Phillip Hopper and Andrew Kilgore


 Ms. Becky Hancock, Executive Director of Tennessee Theatre talks to the group about the history of the theatre

Ms. Becky Hancock, Executive Director of Tennessee Theatre talks to the group about the history of the theatre

 Nic presents Sandi Swilley with a gift of appreciation from the entire class at the end of the six weeks

Nic presents Sandi Swilley with a gift of appreciation from the entire class at the end of the six weeks

First-Time Home Buying 101

Thinking of buying a home, but clueless as where to begin? We love helping first-time home buyers through this experience and came up with a step by step for the process.

  1. Find a great Realtor! (We're talking about The Nic Nicaud Team...) We're confident you'll love us, but make sure you choose a Realtor that fits you. Ask your friends and family, or even interview a couple agents.
  2. Get a lender. If you've already been pre-approved before calling a Realtor, great. If you've been stashing away money since your lemonade stand days and are a cash buyer, even better. If you haven't spoken with anyone yet, don't worry! We have some great lenders we can recommend. 
  3. Decide on your must-haves (that fit your budget!). Be realistic! We can find you a dream house in any budget, but you'll need to decide what's most important to you.
  4. Start an online search. Check out some sites like Zillow and Trulia. We'll also do a search for you but if you fall in love with a house you find yourself, be sure to send it to us!
  5. Go to showings. You may find your dream home at the first showing or it may take seeing many homes. But either way, we're with you the whole time.
  6. Make an offer! We have some special tips for making your offer as strong as possible! 
  7. Earnest check. This is a monetary "good faith" which goes towards expenses that you are responsible for at closing.
  8. Schedule an inspection. We have some home inspection companies we can recommend. 
  9. Do a final walk through. Ensure that everything in the home is the way it should be before you sign on the dotted line.
  10. Go to closing. We'll meet you there to finish out this experience together! 
  11. Smile for a picture. 
  12. Convince your friends and family to help you move. Maybe even bribe them with pizza and beverages of their choosing. : )
  13. Pop the champagne! You're a homeowner! 

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Getting your Home Ready for Listing

“Respondents ranked cleanliness (51%) as more important than scents/odors (22%), style of decor (13%), furnishings (6%), and the home’s architecture (1%) as to what makes the most positive impact on a potential home buyer.” - Brian Sansoli VP for SDA

“The main reason to clean is that buyers will pay more for a house that they feel has been well maintained.” - Dian Hymer Author of The Completed Home Buyer’s Guide

“A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. It’s worth hiring a cleaning service if you can afford it.” - National Association of Realtors

“The No. 1 Step you can take, according to a recent survey of 500 real estate agents, is cleaning the place from top to bottom. Cleaning has ranked as the top home improvement suggested by realty professionals ever since HomeGain began asking the question in 2003. In the latest survey, the agents said, spending $400 on cleaning is likely to gain sellers $2,000 more at closing. That's a 400% return on investment.” - HomeGain poll

Our goal is that your home sells fast. The faster it sells, the less work you will have to put into appealing to multiple buyers. It is best to do a thorough cleaning before your first showing and our hope is that will be the only time you have to clean. Here is our advice room by room on how to prepare to list your home. 


The Outdoors

  • Pick up after your pets.

  • Hose down or wipe outdoor furniture.

  • Sweep deck and patio areas to get rid of all cobwebs.

  • Wipe down the exterior of the front door and outdoor lighting.

  • Pressure wash house and patios.

  • Trim low-lying tree branches & overgrown shrubs.

  • Trim back any shrubs that block access to electrical panels or crawl space access in preparation for the home inspector.

  • Blow off driveway & sidewalks of any debris or leaves.

  • Consider hiring a landscaper if yard feels bare or overgrown.

  • Keep porches and patios clear of any clutter (empty flower pots, old newspapers, toys)  

 

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When placing decorative items, keep it simple & add a variety of texture & height. Use groups of odd numbers like the 3 lanterns pictured above, all varying in height. With artwork, go for one large statement piece versus a collection of small pieces. 

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Even with surfaces that you use everyday, limit the items that are visible. Keep it to only things that are also appealing to the eye. Such as storing your makeup brushes in a pretty vase or glass and keeping all perfumes & everyday jewelry on a tray in order to define the space. 

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By using an outdoor rug along with comfortable pillows & cushions. The front porch has the feeling of an additional living space. This makes the house feel larger than it is. 

Throughout

The Entire house

  • Remove or replace built-in items that you are not wanting to be included in the sale of the home. This way buyers don't expect to keep what you don't want included in the sale, such as light fixtures or bathroom mirrors.

  • Paint any loud colored rooms a neutral color.

  • Address any doors that creak, or drawers that jam.

  • Dust vents and ceiling fan blades.

  • Wipe down walls, baseboards, and trim work.

  • Clean windows & window sills.

  • Clean all lamps and light fixtures.

  • Wash all trash cans inside and out.

  • Remove all signs of pets. (beds, food, toys, litter boxes, etc.) This is another big source of smell. 

  • Remove all unnecessary clutter (mail, magazines, etc.)

  • Trash or donate items you don’t need anymore. This will help the packing process when you are ready to move and make your home feel bigger

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Kitchen 

  • Shine sink & scrub drain area (this can be a source of odors) Use a lemon wedge in garbage disposals or rub around drain area of sink to produce shine and a fresh smell.

  • Make sure all dishes are clean and put away.  

  • Clean stove top, burners, drip pans and hood from all built up grease and food.

  • Clear countertops of all clutter and wipe clean daily. 

  • Wipe down all appliances and cabinet/drawer faces.

  • Clean refrigerator inside and out and vacuum vent. (this can be another source of odor)

  • Go through and clear out expired food in your pantry. Consolidate and straighten items. Again, you want each space to feel larger and organization is what does the trick.

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Clear counters give the impression there is plenty of counter space to work with. When appliances such as toasters and blenders clutter the counters, your kitchen looks smaller than it actually is.

Bedrooms

  • Make your bed

  • Put away laundry

  • Keep nightstand clear of clutter (1-3 items only) 

  • Rotate clean bedding and sheets. You want to keep the room smelling fresh and clean. 

  • Organize your closet. Even closets are important when showing your home. Buyers like to open closet doors to see the size of the storage space and if it is overflowing with unfolded clothing, it gives the impression that there is not ample storage in the home. Go ahead & get a jump start on your packing & pack away out of season clothing to create more space in your closet.

 

 

 
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Bathrooms

 

  • Hide away personal items. No one needs to see what face wash or toothpaste you use.

  • Empty wastebaskets.

  • Neatly fold all towels. If towels are displayed, make them all the same color. 

  • Deodorize and sanitize toilet area (replace seat if necessary)

  • Remove mold and stains from the shower head, curtain, and tub-surround.


If you have any additional questions or would like specific advice on exactly how to do this in your own home please just ask.  I, Melody would be happy to come to your home and give input on design basics, paint colors, or furniture layout that will maximize the appeal of your home.

Knoxville Market Update

The Nic Nicaud Team continues to be a multi-million dollar producing group. Each year the team has seen increasing sales volume. Amidst the growth the team's goal remains the same, put our clients and our city first. Our team's recent expansion has enabled us to serve more and more people. At our core, we believe real estate is more than bricks and mortar; it's about community. Each client we partner with plays a vital role in the development of our city through the avenue of home ownership.

Meet Our New Team Members:

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Grace Williams -

Grace is a native to Tennessee but a migrator to ole Rocky Top. She comes from a family line of real estate professionals and city investors where she gained incredible insight into the industry. Grace is eager to use her desire to network, passion to know people, and her love of real estate to serve her fellow Knoxvillians in finding their home! 

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Daniel Park -

Daniel Park returned to his hometown of Knoxville, TN in early 2015. He is thrilled to join the Nic Nicaud Team at Realty Executives and brings a wide range of real estate experience with him. Daniel’s prior work included hotel management, residential sales, commercial development, and property management. Behind it all, his heart is to see his city become one of the most thriving cities in the United States. This is accomplished by connecting his clients and their passions with specific aspects of the city. 

Knox County Market Conditions:

August 2015 Information: New Listings - 951 Total Sales - 711 Avg Sold Price - $205,941 Avg Days On Market - 72

August 2016 Information: New Listings - 929 Total Sales - 758 Avg Sold Price - $222,898 Avg Days On Market - 56

Highest Current Listing - $13,800,000 - Call us now for a private showing!

K-town Happenings:

The Nic Nicaud Team hosted a fantastic event on September 23rd, the eve of the UT vs Florida football game. There was great food, great fun, and a great outdoor setup projecting the replay of the 2004 football game when the Vols beat the Gators on a last second field goal! The guest list consisted of both old and new friends. Everyone left that evening with their stomachs full and their hearts bursting with anticipation for the game the following day.

Randy Boyd Buys Up More of The Old City

Randy Boyd, of Radio Systems and Economic Development Commissioner fame, bought just over 6 acres of Knoxville's Old City district. This adds to his portfolio of the Lonesome Dove and Jig & Reel. Speculation of building a baseball stadium abounds since he also owns the Knoxville Smokies, Chicago Cubs' Class AA affiliate. Read more here - http://snip.ly/27gyk

Who will it be?

Repelling down a 12 story building is no easy feat - but Colin "The Closer" Skinner and Nic "The Negotiator" Nicaud are up to the task. Who will take home this years Knoxville Fundraiser Championship Title? You can help decide!

Click here to donate to Colin.

Click here to donate to Nic.

Or, make Restoration House of East Tennessee and Single Mothers the Champs by donating to both!

 

Over The Edge!

Would you go Over the Edge for those you love?

Over the Edge is an exciting new event in which participants rappel down the side of Downtown Knoxville’s 12-story Langley Building. It’s the tallest, most thrilling fundraising event to ever hit Knoxville!

Imagine yourself being one of the few special participants who will earn the opportunity to go Over the Edge by raising at least $1,000. The amazing views from the top and the life-changing adrenaline rush of going Over the Edge can only be matched by the important role you will play in helping change the future for low-income single mother families at The Restoration House.

Click here to read more!