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Should You Sell Your Home Off-Market?

Many sellers want to take advantage of these high home values by avoiding listing on market with a real estate professional and doing it themselves. In this video, I give you some things to consider so you can make the best decision for yourself and your family.

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Knoxville Housing Market Update | June 2020

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3 Things To Keep In Mind When Buying AND Selling a Home

Here is some simple advice to help you up the odds of winning your next offer in this insane seller's market. 

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Do I Need Preapproval When Looking for Homes?

Do you need a pre-approval before searching for a new home? The quick answer is ‘yes', and in today's video/blog I will tell you why.

In a real estate market that’s moving as quickly as it is right now, you want a pre-approval letter from a local lender on hand when viewing a property. If you’re serious about buying a home within the next 90 days or so, luckily a pre-approval letter will last about three months.

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Driving Tour of Holston Hills | Knoxville TN

In this video, I take you on a driving tour of a historic neighborhood in East Knoxville known as Holston Hills. Watch below:

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Should You Downsize Your Home

I work with many sellers, and lots of them are downsizing. Quite a few of them tell me they waited a little too long to decide it was time to downsize. In age 50+ retirees, 51% of those who moved since retirement moved to a smaller home, yet most find it difficult to pull the trigger. 64% of retirees say they plan to stay in their large house.

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Best Places to Live in Tennessee

Tennessee is a big state. In fact, it's the is the 36th largest by area and the 16th most populous of the 50 states. So in this video, I'm going to help you decide where is the best place to live in Tennessee and we're getting started right now.

Majestic mountains, rolling hillsides, southern charm, and MUSIC are just a few of the things that Tennessee tends to bring to mind. Tennessee is known for its boundless appreciation of country music, bluegrass, and rock and roll, home to the origins of many of our favorite genres and artists.

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Knoxville Real Estate Market Update | March 2021

Before we got here, the 2008 crisis created strict regulations that left an incredibly large number of homebuyers in the U.S. out of options. Remembering the Great Recession today is important because it was a housing-driven crisis. Most Americans haven't forgotten the fear and destruction of value that impacted our economy and their livelihoods. These effects drive the approach and response to future cycles. The crisis also had unintended consequences like tighter lending standards, which made borrowing more difficult, leading to a record amount of equity in homes. If the market goes up and people can't access their home equity, it will increase equity value. It could also cause consumers to use credit cards more often at higher rates.

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How to Sell Your Home Fast | 7 Tips to Make Life Easier When Selling Your House

Selling a house can be an overwhelming process. There are a lot of requirements for sellers, from keeping the place as clean as possible to have to frequently get out of the house, sometimes at a moment’s notice, for potential buyers to come through.
There’s good news and bad news when it comes to the home selling experience. The good news is that it won’t go on forever; the bad news is that you won’t know when it’s going to be over until it’s over. Not having a clear timeline insight isn’t the greatest. Obviously, you are the first person in history to do this so if you follow these 7 Tips to Make Life Easier When Selling Your House.

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Real Estate Market Update | February 2021


Today we're going to discuss the most recent housing market data for the US Economy and then the local data for Knoxville TN.

In this video we're going to cover the numbers for the month of Feb. Before we jump into that, make sure you hit the subscribe button and then like this video. It really helps out the channel, and ultimately my business. My wife and daughter thank you (or - I really appreciate it).

And if you need a realtor, for any reason, give me a call. My contact information is in the description.

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How to Grow Plants from Seeds Step by Step

Planting a garden in the spring is a wonderful way to have fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Even Knoxville homeowners who don’t have space for a large garden plot often plant a few things in containers or small raised gardens on their property. 

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How to Buy A House Out of State

A cross-country move can be adventurous, while at the same time it can be a bit stressful. You must find a home, a moving company, new schools, though you’re also getting so much “new” to look forward to. So don’t let stress get the best of you take a deep breath. It’s not as daunting as it seems—and it’s an increasingly common scenario.

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New Listing in Holston Hills, Knoxville, TN

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25 Ways to Sell Your Home Without a Realtor

So, you're going to take on the market alone. Do you think you got what it takes? Okay...I get it. Do you think you might save a few bucks cutting the realtors out? Well, I beg to differ but we can talk about that later. For now, I'm going to give you some tips that will allow you to sell on your own - Maybe...First, let's talk about the pros and cons of both scenarios because I'm nothing but honest and will give it to you straight.

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90 Ways to Sell Your Home Fast

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Knoxville Real Estate Market Update | January 2021

Knoxville Real Estate Market Update | January 2021 - The Knoxville real estate market is Ca-Razy! 

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How Much Does A Buyers Agent Cost When Buying a Home in Knoxville Tennessee

We no longer live in a time where the only way a buyer could get her eyes on a listing would be to go through an agent. Then one day, the NAR had the bright idea of giving all of its rights to the MLS and access to the information away for free. Next was the rise of Zillow and many other free real estate websites....so what does a buyer's agent do and how much does it cost to use one? 

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How to Assess Property Taxes in Knoxville TN?

You can't avoid property taxes as a homeowner. They're not just as certain as death as the saying goes. 

Don't fret though because I'm going to show you how to assess property taxes in Knoxville TN. It's actually quite simple and as long as you can do some division, multiplication, and understand a few things about your property, you can easily do it on a scratch piece of paper. So no need for a property tax calculator. 


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How To Pay Less In Property Taxes | 7 Ways to Save Money On Your Knoxville Property Taxes!!!


So if you ask homeowners about their property taxes, they're likely going to tell you that they pay too much money. Property taxes are real estate taxes calculated by the local government and paid by homeowners. They are considered Ad Valerum, which means they are assessed according to the value of the property. I hope I said that right. Revenue generated from property taxes is generally used to fund local projects and services such as the fire department, law enforcement, local public recreation, and of course education. Though you will never be free from property taxes while you own your home, there are a few simple tricks that you can use to lower the property tax.

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Wondering About The Costs For Selling A Home? This Is How Much It Costs to Sell A Home In Knoxville Tennessee!

Okay so, let's get into the costs that you're going to face if you're thinking about selling a home. But, before we talk numbers, let me remind you that not every home is the same. There are different steps involved with selling a home, and depending on your home's condition, and depending on your motivation, and depending on your honesty with yourself, the levels and the monetary need to prep a home for sale, they're going to be really different. So I'm going to treat this video as if we're getting a house ready that fits the following profile so that we're all on the same page.


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5 Tips to Make Small Rooms Look BIGGER and Why Its Important


Normally, at least in Knoxville, Tennessee, people are looking for homes with space. In pandemic times, space has taken on heightened importance to homeowners. Sometimes, more actual space simply isn’t possible, whether because it’s unaffordable or simply impossible due to property constraints. But there are ways you can help your Buyers and Sellers make rooms look bigger and feel like they have more space. Here are a few suggestions.

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Real Estate and the Housing Market in 2021 - What Should We Expect?


There is no reason to feel any kind of misgivings or regret to feel excited about leaving 2020 behind. The year was hard on all of us. And with a vaccine in sight, I say good riddance. However, there is one thing that will carry over to the new year and that is the high home prices that make sellers think they can overprice their homes and challenging inventory keeping buyers frustrated and annoyed.

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Real Estate News - Reflecting on the Past Year and Planning for the Future

This year has been nonstop uncertainty. The coronavirus pandemic led to shutdowns and major changes to our everyday lives. Those changes are likely to continue as we head into winter. Cities have been hard-hit, not only in terms of public health but also economically.

Despite everything, the housing market is one thing that's been consistently strong this year. So, what do experts think next year will bring? Will that positivity holds steady, or are we in for a bust?

Rising Prices
If the inventory remains low into early 2021, it's possible that home prices will continue to go up. The median asking price for properties in September 2020, according to Realtor.com, was $350,000. That's up 11% compared to last year. Inventory has declined 39% year-over-year, despite a quick burst of new listings in August. Increased demand and a dwindling supply are great for sellers but not so much for buyers.

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7 Great Places for Skiing in the Smoky Mountains

Best Skiing in the Smoky Mountains

Despite the vast number of visitors to the national park each winter, there are actually only 2 ski resorts in the Smoky Mountains. Thankfully both of these resorts offer wonderful amenities and spectacular skiing, all within a short drive from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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40 + Best Knoxville Christmas Events 2020

Local events are the stuff family traditions are made of. From admiring the floats at your town parade to scoring adorably perfect gifts at the local Christmas market, holiday magic is in the air.

So grab a thermos full of hot chocolate and head on out to one of these awesome Knoxville Christmas events this year. This list is in the process of being updated for 2020, and is jam-packed with tons of great options! We will add more events as they are announced.

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Things You Should Do Before Moving to Knoxville (or anywhere)


Today I am going to give you 8 things you should do before moving to Knoxville but before we jump into the tips, I just want to remind you that I make a living helping people like you create opportunity - the kind that only homeownership brings. So if you are thinking of buying or selling or investing in real estate and you live in the Knox County area or your thinking of relocating here, please give me a call. I help people like you every day and would love to help you too.

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5 Creepy Places in Knoxville

To celebrate my favorite holiday in Knoxville, I'm sharing with you 5 creepy or downright scary places that exist to this day in Knoxville as well as the stories and history behind the locations.

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How to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Season | Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Autumn is in full swing and before you know it the colder, winter months will be upon us. Though the snow isn't really an issue for us in East Tennessee, the temperatures do drop and cold weather has the same impact on a home's longevity as snow. That's why the Fall season is a great time to do some work around the house to ensure your home is ready to withstand the long winter nights. 

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10 Best Companies to Work for in Knoxville Tennessee

I'm about to share with you the best companies to work for in Knoxville. The list was made using data on salaries, company financial health, and employee diversity. If you're thinking of relocating to Knoxville, there are a lot of other companies to work for that are great but these companies top them. 


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Four Upgrades For Any Boring Kitchen

Designing a kitchen or bathroom is one of those things I tend to geek out over — choosing the right tile, paint colors, and, of course, there’s my obsession with butcher block counters. But some features are the kinds of things I don’t realize I wish I had until I see them in action in a real home.

I’m not talking about guitar-shaped toilet seats or movie-themed showerheads. Rather it’s those modern and stylish additions that randomly pop up on my radar and scream “dream kitchen” or “the bathroom I probably would never leave.” (On second thought, that sounds more like a bad restaurant review.)

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Is It Safe to Hire In-Home Workers In Knoxville?


As a part of maintaining good social distance, many people are limiting who they bring into their homes. Especially in places like Knoxville Tennessee where the idea of wearing a mask can be a political battle. This can lead to anxiety when you need to bring in some extra help to do jobs around your house. Plumbers, electricians and other contractors can’t do their jobs without access to your home, but is it safe to bring these Knoxville professionals inside when they also have to visit other homes and businesses as a part of their job, coming into with maskers and anti-maskers alike?

Contractors want to keep themselves and their crew safe on the job, so almost any contractor you hire can be expected to follow appropriate safety protocols while in your home. With that said, there are things that you can do to help ensure that everyone remains safe when you have to bring in workers for necessary tasks around your Knoxville house.

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Knoxville Housing Market Update | July 2020

This month's Knoxville Real Estate Market Update for July 2020. The numbers are in. I start with the national real estate market news and then we break down the Knoxville real estate market numbers.  

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Knoxville Housing Market Update | June 2020

Knoxville Housing Market Update | June 2020

Watch my Knoxville Housing Market Update for June 2020. Predictions, analysis, and more. The numbers for the real estate market in Knoxville are in and you will want to hear this. 

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Knoxville Housing Market Update | May 2020

Covid 19 has finally hit the Knoxville Real Estate Market and May 2020 looks very different than it did the month before. Watch the video for more.  

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Buying During The Coronavirus Outbreak


Everyone is being affected in some manner by the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus. During this time, buyers will have more questions than normal about the home buying process and their ability to buy a new home. While we can’t predict what the next few weeks and months will bring, the more we can educate ourselves, the better we can help buyers navigate the buying process smoothly during the pandemic.

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Knoxville Housing Market Update | April 2020

Today I want to talk to you about the Knoxville Housing Market and update you on the numbers, the activity, and where to go from here. Luckily, the Knoxville TN real estate market has gone strong through this economic disaster. I'll explain why.

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Start Growing Vegetables at Home

If you've been dreaming about enjoying fresh veggies from your own garden this summer/fall, here are some tips to get you started! We went right to the source (The Farmer's Almanac) and you can find more in-depth information in their Vegetable Gardening Guide for Beginners (link below).

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Real Estate Market Update for Knoxville | March 2020 & COVID 19

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The Impact of Covid 19 and the Knoxville Real Estate Market

Just when we should be experiencing an explosion in activity in our Knoxville real estate market, we get a curveball. COVID-19 or Corona Virus has taken over not just the US but the WORLD and the Market is changing with it. For better or worse, it is here and the impact is real. But it doesn't mean that if you have real plans to buy or sell in Tennessee, or anywhere, that you can't make it happen. It's more important than ever to have the right agent with the right plan for you. To help you prepare for the challenge I wrote this blog post to help you make an informed decision. 

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5 Tips to Make Downsizing Your Knoxville Home Easy

The day will come in all of our lives when the home you worked so hard to buy becomes too much for you to maintain. There are multiple stories, it's in the rural Knox County farmland, there's too much of it for you to care for, not to mention the lot that you no longer have the time or energy to keep trim and clean.

When you get into your senior years, maybe due to health, maybe to cut costs, maybe to be closer to your grandkids...whatever the reason, it is imperative that you downsize to a smaller, more manageable home.

Today I want to give you 5 easy to follow tips that if you start early on you will find it a whole lot easier to downsize from a larger home to a smaller, more manageable home.

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Real Estate Market Update for Knoxville | January 2020



Just a quick real estate market update for Knoxville, TN in the month of January 2020. Still a seller's market for most of Knoxville in most price points, meaning low inventory is not meeting buyer demand, so sellers are positioned to make money in this market if they have a good product, priced well. Buyers on the other hand, it imperative you have an agent to help you fight the competition and get an accepted offer. Call me today if you want to talk about strategy. 

Want to discuss your plans for buying, selling, or investing? Need a strategy pow-wow? Holler at me for a no-pressure consultation today. Call or text me at 865-696-1815. 

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How to Sell Your Knoxville Home Fast Part 1 | Should You Sell?

Because if you do something like that and decide to sell later, the market remembers and the market will make you pay. Some questions that I would like to share with you to help you figure out what you want to do go as follows. Why are you selling? Do you want to downsize? Upgrade? Are you getting a new job? Do you need to relocate? Do your kids want to go to a certain school? Do you need to be in a certain school district, like I just said? Whatever the answer is, it's going to fall in one of two categories, either you have to sell or you don't. If you have to sell, then there's your answer. If you don't have to sell, then you need to ask some more questions. The biggest question that you should ask yourself is, what is important about making this happen? What is it going to do for you and your family?

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Why You Should FSBO

If you’re thinking of selling a home on your own, think again! Let’s connect to make sure you know all the reasons why you need a real estate professional securely in your corner.

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5 Reasons Mortgage Applications End Up Rejected

Picture this nightmare: You apply for a mortgage, but your application gets rejected. Suddenly, you’re hit with an overwhelming wave of embarrassment, shock, and horror. It’s like having your credit card denied at the Wal-Mart.

So, according to a recent Federal Reserve study, one out of every eight home loan applications (12%) ends in a rejection.

There are several reasons mortgage applications get denied‚ and the saddest part is that many could have been avoided quite easily, had only the applicants known certain things were no-nos. So, before you're the next home buyer who gets burned by sheer ignorance, watch this video, and make sure you aren't making any of these five mistakes.

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2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation for Knoxville

2020 Forecast Shows Continued Home Price Appreciation for Knoxville

Questions continue to rise around where home prices will head in 2020.  If you live in my town of Knoxville, Tennessee, I can assure you that home prices will continue to provide an ROI, as long as you've kept up your end of homeownership, i.e., paying your bills on time and maintaining your homes integrity. The latest forecast from CoreLogic shows continued appreciation at 5.4% over the next year:

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Things To Do During Christmas in Knoxville

Today I'm going to share with you a few events of the many things to do in Knoxville during the Christmas Holidays. Knoxville is a family and neighbor oriented community so December tends to have way more things to do than any other month. Which is why it's one of my favorite months of the year. Not to mention it's Christmas. Who doesn't love Christmas

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Things To-Do During Christmas in Knoxville

There's more to do during the holidays in Knoxville than just hayrides in horseshoes. Knoxville has a culture that has a heavy emphasis on family and community, December is one of the most active months of the year.
Today I'm going to share with you some of the most popular things to do during the holidays in Knoxville.

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The Cost of Living for Knoxville, TN


I've seen on the news people stabbing each other for a 30% discount on a kitchen aid around this time of year. A kitchen-aid.  What if I told you I could save you 30% off your life? Yeah - your life. Today I'm sharing with you the cost of living in Knoxville Tn.

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Real Estate Market Update for Knoxville | December 2019

This video is the Knoxville Real Estate Market Update for December 2019. The housing market for 2020 is looking good and the real estate market forecast can be reasonably done by reviewing the past housing market activity and looking at the trends.  Are you on the fence and need more than just this video to help you make the right decision? Call me today for a no-hassle, no-pressure meeting so I can provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions for 2020. Call or text me at 865-696-1815

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24 Tips for Keeping Your House Pet-Friendly

If you have a dog or cat, you know that they can get into just as much trouble as kids. Dogs and cats are naturally curious. They might go snooping around your home, and you don’t want them to get into anything that could hurt them. That means you have to try to keep your house as pet-friendly as possible...As you start the process of keeping your home safe for your pets, you need to remember that certain things that aren't threats to humans can be dangerous to animals. As a homeowner, you gotta do some research. Beyond knowing exactly what is dangerous for them, you can just try to keep everything out of reach. Here are some ways you can do that

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How to Get Preapproved for a Home Mortgage Loan

One of the best things you can do to help ensure your best possible shot at getting the home you want is getting pre-approved. It’s such a smart step in any market but especially in today’s seller market but still, so many home buyers are reluctant to do it. I love helping people. I like the instant gratification I get when I put a smile on their face and especially when I know I've helped them overcome an obstacle like buying a home or selling one. It's a big endeavor and should be approached with the seriousness it deserves. Still...so many people expect too much. Even some buyers think that they can get an agent to drive them around town to look at homes only for the agent to find out they're not pre-approved for a home loan. Then, after the agent shows a little backbone but showing obvious disappointment, the buyer might scream foul, that the agent is pushing them, that they don't like high-pressure tactics...

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Knoxville TN

Luckily for you, this one is going to be fun. I wanna talk about the Pros and Cons of Living in Knoxville.

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Tour Concord Park and Concord Marina in Knoxville TN

Today I want to give you a quick tour of my favorite place to go for a quick escape to nature and it's a tour of Concord Marina and Concord Park. This area is located in West Knoxville on the line of Farragut and Knoxville. If you follow Northshore you'll run right into it. It's where the famous Lakeside Tavern is located (not in the video but look for future video on this place) and it offers a swimming hole, volleyball, boating, yachting, fishing, hiking, jogging, golfing, tennis, playgrounds, and best of all, it has a great dog park and dog-friendly hiking trails. 

Are you thinking of moving to Knoxville? Living in Knoxville and thinking of buying or selling a home? Give me a call so we can discuss your future plans. Call or text me at 865-696-1815. Email me at ben@bendreamhomes.com.

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Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners | Knoxville, TN


10 Safety Tips for Homeowners This Halloween

Some Halloween tricks can really cost you.

Plenty of people love a good Halloween scare — as long no one gets hurt. And that includes your house.

Hot lights and large crowds present some real risks to homeowners. Follow these 10 tips for trick-or-treat safety:

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10 Best Neighborhoods and Subdivisions to Trick-or-Treat in Knoxville, TN

The Top 10 List of Neighborhoods to Trick or Treat in 2019

Here are the neighborhoods and subdivisions that are welcoming to visiting trick or treaters, are safe in the roads, give out the most candy. You’ll probably see the best decorations as well...

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Pet Emergency Preparedness | What To Do To Keep Your Pets Safe

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The Costs of Buying Home | Knoxville

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Appreciation Is Strong: It Might Be Time to Sell

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