Welcome to

Cherokee Lake Realty, LLC

“We swim on Cherokee Lake. We boat on Cherokee Lake. We fish on Cherokee Lake. We live on Cherokee Lake.

And, we have done this for five generations. No one knows the Cherokee Lake area better.”

 


 

 

What makes Cherokee Lake Realty different

from every other real estate firm?

 

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY IS LOCALLY OWNED.

We are not a national franchise with a regional office. We are based here. Our ownership team lives here. We belong to this community. We know this area. Company decisions are not being made by a central office based out of New York or California. Franchise fees, management fees, profits, are not taken out of the state of Tennessee and paid to a Corporate Office located in Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. The taxes we pay, the money we spend from the profits of our sales, the expenses we pay, all stay right here in our communities. None of it goes to another state. It goes to support our local infrastructures, businesses, schools, all in our local cities and counties. And, by the way, since we are strictly based here, we know the cities, the counties, the school systems, the places of worship, the way to market this area. Every single member of the Cherokee Lake Realty Team lives here. A member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee Lake Users Association, Glenmore Mansion, Mossy Creek Foundation, as well as the Lakeway Area Association of Realtors, Tennessee Realtors, and National Association of Realtors, Cherokee Lake Realty is your Real Estate Firm with a true hometown presence.

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY WILL NOT PLACE PUBLIC ENTRY LOCKBOXES ON YOUR DOOR DURING A LISTING.

We don’t take a call from a potential buyer and/or their agent and simply direct them to your home to look around. What is common in our industry is that a combination/key lockbox is placed on your door, so that any of the hundreds of local agents can enter your home with that combination. With all due respect to our fellow agents, many times it will be a total stranger that is entering your home with their client (a client that they may have just met). And, yes, this is normally how it is done in the real estate industry. There are documented cases, country-wide, of theft and/or vandalizing having been done by rogue agents and/or their clients. You don’t believe us, google it. This is harsh, we realize, but it is the dark nature of our society that we are living through now. What makes us different? Our pledge to you is that we will never allow ANYONE to enter your home without us being present for that showing. The safety of your home and belongings are our responsibility, not another agent’s. We represent you. We will be present at EVERY showing of your home. Another advantage of always being present during a showing is that we can SELL your home. No one knows your home better than you. And, as part of the Cherokee Lake Realty system, you will share that knowledge with us, so that during a showing we can educate a potential buyer. To send a possible buyer to your home, without providing the knowledge of what makes your home special is a mistake. Without us being present, representing your home, how can the features and benefits of your home be explained to a potential buyer? Will they know the little things that make your home different? Of course not. You have contracted US to SELL your home. And, that is exactly what we will do. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY WILL ONLY DO FULL SIZE ADS ON YOUR PROPERTY.

Have you gone through a real estate magazine and put it down, because your eyes got tired of reading all the thumb size ads? A magnifying glass would have come in handy. How can you make your home’s ad look enticing when you are displaying only a small photo of your home and just a two-sentence description in what is typically very small type size? You can’t. The owner of Cherokee Lake Realty has a degree in advertising, and is a big believer that to sell, you have to spend money on advertising. The owner understands that the majority of real estate firms have their agents pay for their advertising. This can be costly and something they may not be able to afford. This is why you see small size ads on homes that are listed for sale. Well, at Cherokee Lake Realty, our owner pays for ALL advertising. Cherokee Lake Realty will guarantee you at least one full page ad promoting your home. Only of your home. Plenty of space for a nice photo, or two, or three, and room for more than a two-sentence description of your home. We may even place your home on the cover of the leading real estate magazine, as we have done for a majority of of our clients.

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY WILL WRITE A THOROUGH WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PROPERTY ON ALL ADVERTISING.

The MLS, Zillow, Realtor, Trulia limit you to how many words you can use to describe a home for sale on their sites. Typically, 2,000 words/characters of written advertising are permitted. Guess how many we use. The maximum allowed number of 2,000. The average written description used by other real estate firms is 454 words/characters on their ads. These abbreviated descriptions generally refer only to generic information such as how many bedrooms/bathrooms a home has. Whether it has a laundry room, garage, or basement. And, perhaps, the lot size. How is that going to set your home apart from the other 500 homes being advertised in your area? If, you’re given 2,000 words to advertise your home, why not use them? Why abbreviate the description of what you are trying to sell? Is your real estate agent rushed for time because they have too many listings, are spread out too thin, and just don’t have the time? Is it because the real estate firm you are using does not have an editing/writing team to describe your home effectively, and the agents themselves are doing the writing? Are they more concerned with spending their time on getting the next listing, and not focusing on yours? Lots of reasons out there as to why this is done. But, do these excuses make you, as the seller, feel warm & fuzzy? Do you want shortcuts when it comes to selling your home? What makes us different? Our pledge to you is that at Cherokee Lake Realty, if we are allowed 2,000 words/characters to describe your home, we will use all 2,000 to describe your home. We don’t know what may make a buyer take notice of your home. Every buyer is different, so we want to cast as wide a net as possible, with as much information describing your home as is allowed. It might just be that extra bit of description that makes a potential buyer want to see your home, and possibly buy it.

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY LIMITS THE NUMBER OF LISTINGS WE REPRESENT.

Listen, and please, this is critical. We don’t take on hundreds of clients’ listings. In the personal interaction world of real estate, you can’t do a client justice, and give your client your all, when you have too many clients. As the saying goes, you get really good at doing one thing a thousand times. Not by doing a thousand things one time. We understand that the bottom line is important to the success of a company. We understand that the philosophy of the majority of real estate firms is to take on a large number of listings. It is a numbers game. The more listings they accumulate, the more real estate signs they place in front of these homes, the more will sell. But not all homes sell that easily. Some need more than a real estate sign in front of their home. Our definition of a successful bottom line at Cherokee Lake Realty is a bit different. Our giving the client the utmost time and attention to detail. Being available all the time for the client’s and buyer’s needs and questions. Consummating the relationship with a successfully completed sale. Or, the knowledge that we have done everything possible to sell that home, if it did not sell. We would rather walk away from taking on a new listing, then not sell the home, because we could not give the client our all, all the time. By limiting the number of clients, we take on, we can do this. So, rest assured, if we take your listing on, know that we will do this. We will give you our ALL, ALL the time.

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY WILL PAY TO HAVE YOUR HOME APPRAISED.

One of the main reasons, if not the main reason, why a home does not sell is improper pricing. Typically a real estate agent will pull up comparable home sales in the area, from the MLS or other search sites, match them up with what you own, and come up with a sales price. Another common strategy is to visit a site like Zillow.com and see what Zillow has estimated the value of your home to be. Zillow calls it a Zestimate. Then the agent will price the home accordingly. Or, you as the Seller will tell the agent what you want to pocket on the sale of your home, and your agent will go along with it, whether the market supports such a sales price or not. After all, they want to get your business, and sometimes debating the worth of your home, and possibly insulting you, is not the way to go about that. So, here is a question for you. If these forms of “appraising” the value of your home are so spot on, then why does the bank, when lending money to the Buyer of your home, not simply accept the sales price at face value believing that it will support the value of the loan? Why does the bank go and contract an independent Licensed Appraiser to accurately determine if your home is worth what the bank will be loaning on it? Because the approaches described above where an agent, or a Seller, estimate the worth of your home are not accurate. Have you considered what would happen if your home sells at the sales price the agent came up with, and the bank does not agree that your home is worth that sales price? The Buyer will either have to come up with a lot more down payment, which is sometimes not possible, to make the amount of what the bank is lending less. Or, you as the Seller will have to drop your sales price. If neither of the above are done, the deal is lost. All that time has been wasted. So, what makes us different at Cherokee Lake Realty in pricing your home? We will have your home professionally appraised by a  Licensed Appraiser and use that information to accurately price your home when we list it for sale. We will pay for the appraisal. Do other real estate firms do this? No. At Cherokee Lake Realty we don’t want surprises. Doing it our way guarantees you no surprises as to what your home is worth. Now, or later. Your agent will discuss how this program works during the consultation visit.

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY WILL BE THERE THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS.

Once your home is under a sales contract, hard work still lies ahead. Inspections, an appraisal, settling on a title company, and the entire closing process. Cherokee Lake Realty will be with you during every step of the way. When the Appraiser comes in, Cherokee Lake Realty will be there. When the Inspectors come in, Cherokee Lake Realty will be there. When discussions with the title company are ongoing, Cherokee Lake Realty will be there. When the actual closing takes place, Cherokee Lake Realty will be there. We will not leave you alone to deal with any of these steps. We like to say that when an offer on your property is received and it is under a sales contract, we are only on first base. There are still second and third bases to cross, before we hit home plate. Cherokee Lake Realty will be with you as we step on all bases, and arrive at home plate. Rarely do you see this, since most agencies are focused on their next sales appointment. Well, get used to seeing your Cherokee Lake Realty agent. Because they will be there with you the whole way. Every one of these steps is as important to us as working on the next sale. 

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY SUPPORTS LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS.

We believe that a society should take care of its small friends. The companionship and love that they bring to families is special. Every time we make a sale, Cherokee Lake Realty will donate 1% of its earnings to a local animal shelter of the client’s choosing. We love them. We cherish them. And, we want to help them.

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY SUPPORTS ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL.

Beginning in calendar year 2021, Cherokee Lake Realty will also donate 1% of its earnings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Founded in 1962, the hospital costs about $2.8 million a day to run, but children are not charged for their care. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is located in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

And, by the way…

 

CHEROKEE LAKE REALTY SELLS MORE NON-LAKE PROPERTIES THAN LAKE HOMES.

The name of the company may be Cherokee Lake Realty, but we represent as many owners and buyers of non-lake properties as lake properties. In fact, we have sold more non-lake properties than lake properties. Let’s face it, there are more homes and land out there that are not surrounding a lake as those on a lake. The same principles and approach that we use for lake properties are used for non-lake properties. As some of our customer reviews will attest, our unique philosophy, strategy, and approach to selling real estate succeeds with any type of property. So, give Cherokee Lake Realty a try, if you have a home or a parcel of land that is not on the lake. As the saying goes, “you’ll be glad you did!”

 

Now… can you see what makes us different

from every other real estate firm?

    CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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We just want to thank you for sticking with us through this whole thing – we truly appreciated you giving us the extra time to wrap things up & get it done. We are very excited to move into the house Superior Structures built – the inspector commented on how well built it was. Very grateful.

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Terrie & Clyde
October 2021

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Thank you for all the help in getting our lot sold and arranging for the mowing. It’s been a pleasure having you as a realtor.

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Kirk S.
October 2021

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I live in Florida and own land in a local subdivision in Grainger County. I heard about Cherokee Lake Realty from some of the local residents and how they have sold quite a few in this area. I listed my land with them and they sold it. Can’t get better than that. I give them Five Stars.

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John Scott
September 2021

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We own several pieces of land that we bought as an investment several years ago. We heard about Cherokee Lake Realty through a family member, so we listed the lots with them. They sold two of them. Then got three more of them sold. We had one more that we thought about keeping, but, we just gave it to them to sell. And, if we had more, we would do the same thing. A great company, and would use them over and over again if we had more properties to sell.

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Coleman Family
September 2021

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My wife and I were out-of-state buyers. Cherokee Lake Realty helped us find a lot that we will be building our forever home on. They were excellent and very knowledgeable. We recommend them to anyone that is looking for land and is not from this area. They really know their stuff.

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Mike S.
August 2021

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My name is Ralph Hill and my wife’s name is Mary. Everybody in these parts has always known me as Speck Hill.  We owned Black Oak Marina and Restaurant. We’ve owned and sold some other businesses, land, and homes over the years. Cherokee Lake Realty is the best real estate company we have ever used. Number one. Felix is the best real estate agent we have ever used. Numero uno. He knows his stuff like nobody else and we are very grateful for how he handled the sale of our family home. If anybody wants a reference on how good he is give me a call.  

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Speck and Mary Hill
August 2021

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Felix Valdes of Cherokee Lake Realty is an outstanding Realtor. Our experience in retaining Mr. Valdes to sell our home was comforting at the outset. He treats you and your home as one of a kind. He invested time with us and assured us he would understand why we loved our home, and what he saw as its unique qualities. He has an understanding of the housing market that is rare. His analysis and use of marketing strategies to sell our home was spot on. He gave personal service and support in selling our home that stands out in our dealing with realtors! That includes comparing experiences of selling past homes, and our current home. He was prompt and courteous in getting our house on the market with outstanding pictures and descriptions. He acted fast and when he told us he would do something, he followed through. He kept us up to date throughout the process, and advised us of our options throughout. He helped us sell our home very quickly because of his expertise. Each step was clearly defined from start to finish including that he was our representative. He did that with excellence. He was present for showings, inspections, and clearly outlined the results of all of those to us and how that would affect us selling our home. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You sold your home!!!!!!! came very quickly, and we believe it had a great deal to do with Mr. Valdes experience and dedication to his profession. He was present at closing and again we felt represented every step of the way. We would highly recommend Felix Valdes to anyone interested in having a unique and positive experience with a realtor representative. We were able to experience comfort during a trying experience with his unparalleled guidance. Thank you Mr. Valdes.

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Mr. And Mrs. Steve Zurlinden
August 2021

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We would like to highly recommend Cherokee Lake Realty. They listed our home for sale. It is not a lake home, but an older home built in 1940. Like all these other reviews have said, they did everything that they said they would. The photography and advertising were great. They were present at every showing, and in a couple of days of showing the property they presented us with three offers. We accepted one, and they were there during the inspections and closing. Just like they said they would. This is a great company and whenever we decide to buy or sell a home we will use them again, and as mentioned, we HIGHLY recommend them to anyone that needs a real estate company.

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Kristie & Evan
August 2021

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I am an elected official in Jefferson City, and because of this do not want my name used. But I would like my comments shared with the public. I met the owner of Cherokee Lake Realty at a showing of a home I was interested in buying. He had no business relationship with me whatsoever, but I was so impressed with the way he conducted himself and represented his clients, that when I decided to sell my house, I contacted him. Because of my position in the community, I could have used any real estate company in the area, but I chose Cherokee Lake Realty. It was a great decision. He did EVERYTHING that he said he would. He had wonderful photos taken of my house. He advertised it the way he said he would. In fact, he had my home on the cover of a real estate magazine. He was present at every showing. Multiple offers came in, I was pretty set on my price, and he handled them all professionally. And he was able to get me the price I wanted for my home. He was present during the entire inspection process. And, finally, during the closing, which by the way, turned out to be complicated, he was there with me all the way. He even sat next to me during the closing. I have used many real estate companies over the years, and in my humble opinion, Cherokee Lake Realty is the best company I have ever done business with and would highly recommend them.

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Anonymous
August 2021

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Cherokee Lake Realty did everything they said they would. We read other reviews that said the same thing, but we just had to agree with those comments. The first weekend they listed our home, they wound up presenting us with 7 offers. We took the one with the best terms and the sales price was higher than what we had listed it for. Amazing company. Can’t recommend them enough.

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Mr. & Mrs. KF
July 2021

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My wife and I had never bought a home. So we were first time home buyers. Cherokee Lake Realty helped us with it all. The home we bought is not on the lake, it is not a million-dollar home, and yet they treated us like million-dollar customers. We recommend this real estate company to anybody that wants the best in customer service.

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J.
June 2021

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Excellent experience and GREAT customer service!  The most painless real estate experience that I’ve ever been a part of. I tried to sell my property for years with the bigger names in real estate and just found a lack of knowledge, attentiveness or concern. My property was always listed via the MLS with subpar photos and then would hope for the best.  The experience with Cherokee Lake Realty was next level with national marketing and attention.  Property sold blindingly fast and the entire process from signing the listing agreement through title transfer was seamless. Would HIGHLY recommend Cherokee Lake Realty and wouldn’t even give a second thought.

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Mike C.
June 2021

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My name is Marilyn, and I would like to tell you about my recent experience with Felix at Cherokee Lake Realty. We had a couple of realtors who listed  our Mallard Baye property. With no success selling the lot, I called Cherokee Lake Realty, and Felix immediately called me back. He was very professional, explained what he would do to sell the property, and we listed with him. He did everything he ever said he would. We have dealt with realtors for about 53 years, and Felix was, by far, the best we have ever encountered. He is truthful, honest, a really hard worker, and we will definitely use him in the future. You will not be disappointed if you hire Felix for all your real estate needs.

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Marilyn and Chip
May 2021

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I am a Realtor and work for one of the big companies. In all my years of doing this, I have never worked with a finer agent than the owner of Cherokee Lake Realty. I represented the buyers, he represented the sellers. I am retiring, if not, I would go work for this firm. I mean that. I don’t want my name used for obvious reasons.

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Anonymous
April 2021

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My best friend died and I was designated as the executor for her will which involved selling her home. This was not easy for me for me to handle. I could not have done this without the help and guidance of Cherokee Lake Realty and the owner of their company. They were with me through every step of the way. I would recommend this real estate company to anyone and everyone that needs help in a real estate transaction. I will always be grateful to them for helping me through this difficult process.

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Barbara
April 2021

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We are relocating from Indiana. After much research, East TN is where we want to retire. We want to thank Cherokee Lake Realty for helping us find our forever place!

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Kelly & Daniel
March 2021

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Thanks for the excellent service.  

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Ted B.
March 2021

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Felix, just a little thank you for all your help. You have made the next chapter in our lives so easy and seamless. Leaving Chicago and heading to Tennessee! Thanks again for helping us find our slice of paradise!

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Don and Diane
February 2021

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When we began the process of looking for a house on Cherokee Lake, we had no idea where to begin. Being from New York, we wanted to work with a local realtor and found Cherokee Lake Realty. We spoke to the owner and from the beginning he was friendly, patient, and helpful. It is not easy buying a house from a long distance, but he was happy to do all of the legwork for us, guiding us towards areas he thought were more suitable, and gently suggesting when he thought we were veering off track. Throughout the process he was reassuring and very communicative. His knowledge of the Cherokee Lake area is unmatched, and he willingly shares it with his clients. We always felt we were in capable hands, and that we were a priority as his clients. When we finally found the perfect home, he worked doggedly to insure that we were able to close, even through long distances and the pandemic. We couldn’t be happier and we now value him as a friend. We highly recommend him, and his company, for all of your real estate needs in the Cherokee Lake area.

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Jeramie and Kathy
January 2021

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My wife and I buy and flip real estate. We can write a book on bad experiences we have had with real estate agents. This is not the proper forum to get into this, we just wanted to compliment the one company that we have used that deserves praise: Cherokee Lake Realty. We met the owner of Cherokee Lake Realty when he was sitting across from us at the negotiating table. We were so impressed that we have now used them on eight, yes eight, transactions. And, we will stick with them. Professional, extremely knowledgeable, courteous, polite, but firm when they need to be in negotiations. If there was a poster child for how a real estate firm should conduct business, they should put Cherokee Lake Realty on it.

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THE FLIPPERS
January 2021

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I had a lot for sale for over two years. A nice piece of land with a view of Cherokee Lake and I had a bunch of calls. A lot of low ball offers. I knew what we wanted and were not going to take a penny less. I spoke to the agent at Cherokee Lake Realty and he assured me they could sell it for what I wanted. I told them we were firm on the price, and if they could get us that I would hire them. Well, they got us a buyer. Sold it for the price we wanted. They made a profit, I got what we wanted, the buyer got a nice piece of land, and everyone was happy. I don’t know how they did what I couldn’t for over two years, but they did. They are good at what they do, and I would not hesitate to use them again.

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JLS
January 2021

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So our experience with Cherokee Lake Realty has a bit of good news and bad news to share. We live in a subdivision which is close to Cherokee Lake, but our home does not have any type of view of Cherokee Lake. We decided to list our home during the holidays, so we could get a jump start on spring. We went back and forth on this, not knowing when would be the best time to list it, but as mentioned decided to list it for sale now. As the real estate agent for Cherokee Lake Realty told us, the buying season may not be at its peak now, but all it takes is one interested party, that turns into a buyer. As he said, if you don’t put your hook in the water, the chances of catching a fish our slim. Plus, there are less homes listed during this time of the year, he said, so there is less competition out there. And, if someone is looking for a home now, they are a serious buyer. Well, we took all this into consideration, and as we said, we went ahead and listed our home for sale now, never dreaming that we would sell it in December, heading into Christmas. Well, guess what, it sold. You can consider that the good news. The bad news? It was a cash deal (that’s still good news) and the buyers wanted to be in by Christmas (that’s the bad news), so you can imagine what came next. Thankfully, we did not have a huge amount of stuff to move, since all the appliances stayed with the new owners. Because it was offseason we were also able to easily find a moving company and were able to negotiate a great price. But, listen, Cherokee Lake Realty’s advice was spot on. All it takes is one buyer. And, they’re right. And, if we had not listed our home when we did, we may not have got the price we wanted, and as quickly as we did. They were really tremendous in making the entire process go smoothly. So, our advice is, do what the agent for Cherokee Lake Realty told us. If you are going to sell your home, regardless of the time of the year, put the hook in the water, hard to catch a fish without doing that. LOL.

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Mr. & Mrs. E.
December 2020

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We own a manufactured home. A Clayton double-wide, built right here in Tennessee. We had the home listed with another real estate firm for a year and they were not able to sell it. So, we wanted to see if another company would do better. We had seen Cherokee Lake Realty signs all over town with SOLD on them, so we gave them a call to see if they would be interested in listing our home. Our home is not on Cherokee Lake or any other lake for that matter, and it’s not an expensive home so we weren’t sure if they would even be interested in representing us. The owner of the company came to visit with us to answer our questions. He said he would take the listing on personally and explained what they would do differently than what the other real estate company did, and how this would get the home sold. Well, it worked, he got it sold. We are relocating to a different part of the state, but if we were looking for another home in this area, we would only consider using Cherokee Lake Realty.

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Jim & Patty
December 2020

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My wife and I wanted to buy a vacation home, and eventually a place to retire to. With the issues surrounding COVID-19 we needed a place that we could stay on vacation that had not been occupied by other folks, such as hotels or an airbnb. Once we narrowed our choice to East Tennessee, which is an easy drive from our current home, we started searching. We moved a bit slow with the first home we identified and it was sold before we could come down to look at it. We found Cherokee Lake Realty through a home they had listed. Well, it turned out to be the home. Cherokee Lake Realty was great. What some other reviews have stated is spot on – they were there for us all the way. Without hesitation, I would recommend them to any of our friends, associates, family members, anyone that is looking to buy or sell a home. Definitely a Five-Star company.

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DR. B.
November 2020

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The owner of Cherokee Lake Realty was referred to me by a neighbor and I called him. I am a widow and needed help selling my home. I had never done this on my own. He visited with me, explained the process, and told me he would be with me through every step. Within a short period of time he had my home sold, with a backup offer in case the first one did not go through. He was present during the inspections and appraisal that were required by the buyer of my home. This was very difficult for me and he made the selling of my home easier to deal with. I will always be grateful.

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HR
November 2020

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Best real estate company we ever had. Their system works. We rate them 5 stars.

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T & J
October 2020

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I called Cherokee Lake Realty to see if they would be interested in selling my lot. I had it for years, probably paid too much for it, since it was not lake front, and had an odd shape. They agreed to list it, advertise it, and in a couple of months they presented me with an offer. I wasn’t to keen on the offer so they negotiated on my behalf with the buyer. After a couple of counters a price was agreed upon and it was sold. I am in sales, so I know what a good sales job looks like, and they fit that bill. Good company, good customer service, good follow up. And, like another review on this site said, they do what they say they will do. Which I hate to admit is rare in the sales industry today. I give them five stars.

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Michael B.
September 2020

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We had our home listed with another real estate firm and they couldn’t sell our home. We stopped at the office of Cherokee Lake Realty and talked to them. They convinced us they would sell our home. They explained how they do things different than other real estate companies. Honestly we didn’t know if it would work or not. We were very disappointed that our home had not sold, there had not been much of an interest, and didn’t know if we wanted to go through this again. I don’t want to write too long of a review, but let’s just say they did sell our home. In fact they sold it twice. The first sale, the buyer was moving here from Florida and that fell through. The second buyers are a wonderful couple that moved here from California. There are other homes in our subdivision that were for sale before they listed ours, and they are still for sale. I don’t know why that is, but we were in the same situation. So, for anybody that is reading this that lives in our area, if you want your home sold, give Cherokee Lake Realty a call. They will sell it.

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Bob & Karen
September 2020

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I build homes for a living. Buy land, develop it, build homes, and sell them. Single family, townhomes, condos, you name it. Over the years my company has dealt with a over a hundred real estate companies and agents. I don’t want to mention any names and ruffle some feathers, but I have done business with all of the national companies and some of the smaller ones. Cherokee Lake Realty is the best company I have ever done business with. They sat opposite from me on transactions where they represented the owners of land that I purchased. And they represented my company in selling a few homes. Their approach to advertising is the most thorough I have ever seen. And as I said, I have dealt with quite a few real estate companies. Not only is their advertising the best, but the way they sold my homes was exemplary. The man that owns the company, again I don’t want to mention anyone by name, could teach a course on selling or sell a book on the subject. This is an inside joke, but I called him the “Michael Jordan” of home selling. And I meant that.

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Regional Contractor & Builder
August 2020

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Cherokee Lake Realty found us our dream home on the lake. We are from New York and had looked for a lake home in Tennessee for the last nine months. After much researching we settled on Cherokee Lake. We stumbled across Cherokee Lake Realty, saw a lot of their signs, and decided to give them a call. We had talked to some other real estate firms before and not really gotten anywhere. We told them what we wanted, how much we wanted to pay, and they said they would find us something. Well they did. And for $32,000 less than we had budgeted for. Good company and good people. We told them that our children were also thinking about relocating here and we would recommend them. And for anyone that is reading this review, if you are looking for your “dream home” call them. The fact that we would recommend them to our children should say it all.

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Mr. & Mrs. Lorenzo
August 2020

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I was selling my home on my own, for sale by owner. I had seen the advertising that Cherokee Lake Realty had done so I called them. After talking with them I came to the realization I was selling my home too cheaply. The only reason why I did for sale by owner is that I did not want to pay someone a commission and I figured I could do this on my own and make more money. Well, as I mentioned, I had already made a mistake in not really knowing what my home was worth. As they explained to me pricing is important. You don’t want to overprice the home but you also don’t want to underprice it. They explained to me that you can defend yourself in court or hire an attorney. You can pull your own teeth or go to a dentist. You can do your own taxes or go to a specialist. In all cases you might succeed on your own, but if you make a mistake, good luck. Yeah, all this made sense, so I went with them. Guess what, they were right. They successfully sold our home. Got more money for it than if we had done it on our own, EVEN after paying them their commission. Good company. They do what they say they will do. I recommend them. Especially if you are considering selling your home on your own. Talk to them first. I’m glad I did.

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Tony C.
July 2020

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The best real estate company we have ever done business with. The hardest working real estate agents. Seven days a week, Fourth of July, Fathers’ Day, whenever they needed to be present at our house they were there. Whatever needed to be done, they did. We used them to sell our house on the lake and we used them to represent us in buying the new one. We are in our 70s, I am a Vietnam Veteran, have owned our own business for years, and have done business with a lot of real estate companies and I tell you we have never seen anything like what they do. If anyone needs a reference on them, have them give you my number. THEY DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL DO. And that is hard to find nowadays.

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Jerry & Barb
July 2020

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Cherokee Lake Realty did everything they promised  to sell our home. We are leery of salespeople, and when their real estate agent told us what they would do to promote and sell our home, which was more than other real estate companies do, we had doubts. Well, they did everything they promised. They ran full-page ads in real estate magazines. They hired a photographer to take aerial photos. They consistently marketed our home. They had an agent present at EVERY SINGLE showing of our home. And, we had quite a few, even during the pandemic. Weekdays, weekends, whatever the time, they had someone available to show our home. And, when we received an offer, they negotiated on our behalf to get us the price we wanted. But it did not stop there. When the buyers had a home inspector visit the home, they were there. Typically, you see the buyers have representation during this step, but it was only Cherokee Lake Realty’s agent that was onsite. Same thing when the lender for the buyers sent an Appraiser, they were the only one that had representation present. Cherokee Lake Realty stayed with us through the whole home selling process, all the way to the closing. We are moving out of state and they actually helped us get financing for a home that we were purchasing out of state. We will probably never need their services again since we have relocated to a different state. But, if you are reading this review, and need to list your home for sale, or look for a home to buy, since they represent buyers too, hire Cherokee Lake Realty. We are retired, and this was not our first rodeo. So, trust us on this, we have never experienced the service they provided by any other real estate company. We always provide reviews on companies whose services we have used, both good and bad. This is more than likely the last review we will provide on a Tennessee company, so let us say this, without a shadow of a doubt, if you ever need a real estate company to represent you, hire Cherokee Lake Realty.

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RLS
June 2020

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My 90-year old mother is in assisted living and I have been paying for her housing with my savings. For anyone that has had a relative in assisted living, you know that it is very expensive. I am a widow, and when I realized that my savings were running out, I made the decision to sell her vacant home. It is an older home, not expensive, but the proceeds of the sale would allow me to continue paying for her needs. I was put in contact with Cherokee Lake Realty through a friend. They assured me they would sell my home and get me the money that I needed for my mother. Three times it was sold and three times the sale fell through. I actually thought that Cherokee Lake Realty would not bother with it anymore. They put so much time into those sales that it would not have surprised me if they had just decided not to fool with it any longer. After all it was a very small sale. But they assured me they would not, and they would keep at it until we found a buyer that would qualify for the purchase. And, guess what, they sold it! The day of the closing I told them I would not believe it until it was done. Well, it was done, and I got more money than what I thought possible! For anyone that is reading this and is considering hiring a real estate company, I can’t say enough good things about Cherokee Lake Realty. I had never done this before, I am alone, and they made me feel like a member of their family. I rate Cherokee Lake Realty a five-star company or score them a ten, or whatever the highest score I can give them. They are amazing!

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S.G.
February 2020

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“We actually met the owner of Cherokee Lake Realty at a home we looked at buying. He was representing the seller. We didn’t buy the home but were getting ready to sell our home. We were so impressed by the way he handled the showing that we contacted his office and asked if he would personally represent us in the sale of our home. As you have probably heard, he doesn’t take on many listings, but he took ours on. Well, the home was marketed as he promised, and within days we had several showings. An offer came soon after. The sale was not a simple one, but he negotiated beautifully on our behalf, handled every obstacle, and got us the money we wanted. He was with us through every step of the way. All the way to a successful closing. We can’t say enough good things about Cherokee Lake Realty and the leadership they have at the top. We are retired, have done this a few times, and they are by far the best real estate firm we have ever had dealings with.”

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Jeannie & George
December 2019

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“We interviewed several real estate agencies, before settling on Cherokee Lake Realty. Our home is not on the lake, it is on a golf course. We had doubts. But they convinced us that they could market our home effectively even though it didn’t sit on Cherokee Lake. We found out they actually sell more non-lake homes than lake homes. They are pretty cutting edge in marketing properties. Some of the ways they market a home are not used by other real estate firms in the area, and we wondered if they would work in our case. They did. We soon had an offer from an out of state buyer, and we accepted it. There were other properties in our subdivision that were for sale before ours, ours is sold, and the others are still on the market. We weren’t totally sold on Cherokee Lake Realty at the beginning, but I have to tell you, the owner of that company knows what he is doing!” Quote
MR. & MRS. H
November 2019

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“The sale of our home couldn’t have been handled any better! Over the last two years we had previously contracted two other real estate companies to sell our home, one a pretty big outfit, and nothing happened. When we stopped by the office of Cherokee Lake Realty we told them we did not believe our home could be sold. They told us that they would create a special advertising program for our home, give us their utmost attention, and be present at every listing to explain to buyers why our home was so special. The owner of the company was in the office at the time, and even though he is a pretty busy fellow and doesn’t take on many listings himself, he promised he would take this one on. Well, they did everything they said they would, and more! Within a couple of months, we had received several good offers and accepted one. I can tell you, things didn’t go very smoothly, as some family issues arose, but they stuck with us through the entire process. If I ever have any more properties to sell or buy, I’ll never use anyone else but Cherokee Lake Realty.”

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Joe S.
October 2019

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“I’m 89 years old and have bought and sold a lot of homes over the years. By far the BEST real estate company I have ever worked with, second place is not even close! The owner, Felix, took a personal interest in working with me and worked harder than anyone I have ever come across to sell my home, get me the money I wanted, and to boot, found me another home to purchase and move into. All within two months. I would recommend this man & his company to anyone that wants to sell or buy a home!” Quote
Jim R.
July 2019

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“Listen, we were the buyers on a listing that Cherokee Lake Realty had, and we were not represented by them. We had our own real estate agent representing us from another company. At the end of the day, Cherokee Lake did more for us than our own agent. We don’t want our name used because we don’t want to insult her. She was nice but not as thorough, helpful, or detailed as the agent for Cherokee Lake Realty. Now, we know that Cherokee Lake Realty had an interest in keeping us happy, so we would go through the transaction, and buy from the seller they represented. But, after closing, they have still been there for us. It seems like almost every day they call us, to see how things are going, how can they help, do you need help with contractors, just about everything. If I sell this house, or buy another one, I can guarantee you I will exclusively use Cherokee Lake Realty.”

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Anonymous
April 2019

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“In the midst of winter, not the best of selling seasons, and Cherokee Lake Realty still sold my home in Jefferson City. In less than 60 days on the market! And, our home wasn’t even on the lake! On December 31st, 2018 we were closing and collecting our check. Yes, December 31st! We highly recommend Cherokee Lake Realty to anyone looking to sell or purchase property in the area.”

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Julie & Doug
December 2018