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Anderson County Housing by the Numbers New and Existing Home Sales 2008 - 2017 1,000

977

Number of Homes sold

900 800 700 600 500

480

400

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09

10

11 12 13 14 15 Number of Homes sold

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Median Sales Price for Homes Sold 2008 - 2017 mediaN Home sales Price $ iN THousaNds

142

$139,950

138 134 130 126 122

$122,417

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09

10

11 12 13 14 15 Years 2008 THrougH 2017

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source: Tennessee Housing development agency, all Home sales 2008-2017. https://thda.org/research-planning/home-sales-price-by-county

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SELLER’S MARKET

Anderson County outpaces the greater Knoxville area By Crystal Huskey crystal@mycouriernews.com For the past three years, it’s been a seller’s market in not just Anderson County, but the entire Knoxville area. This year, Anderson County is ahead of the curve. It’s the only county in the greater Knoxville area that is seeing home sales and median sales prices up by 10-percent from 2018. In Blount County, home sales were down 18.5-percent. In Knox, the market is down by 4.3-percent. There are more buyers than homes on the market, and that means that now is a great time to put your house up for sale.

Teresa Portwood, a real estate agent with Sellers Realty, said that not only is it a seller’s market, it’s spring, and that means people are out looking for homes now that the weather is improving. It’s also the time of year that families with children start looking to buy a house, and school districts play a huge part in that. “We have people who ask about Oak Ridge, because Oak Ridge schools have that reputation, but we also have Anderson County and Clinton City schools, who offer an excellent education,” she said. Despite the housing boom taking place here, the home inventory is down by 10.9-percent. That means

there are even less homes for sale this year than last. “There just isn’t the inventory you’d want for the demand,” Rocky Top Realty’s Kathy Shepherd said. “That’s why it’s such a seller’s market. We had someone come into the office the other day. He was from Michigan and he had just interviewed with Aisin and he wanted to see the listings we had.” Shepherd noted the peak months for selling a home, April, May, and June, coincide with families relocating. With Anderson County’s large industrial base families knowing they will make a move want to get that out of the way before the next school year begins. That means finding a home,

moving into it, getting settled — all the little things that have to happen before a child begins the next school year. She added Anderson County is prime spot for all the natural beauty East Tennessee has to office. “Anderson County is beautiful, but you’re also so close to the Smokies, to Knoxville … It’s really just a great location.” She also noted that once the days start getting warmer and there is more daylight, it’s time to spruce up your home if you’re selling. “Now, before those peak months, is a good time to clean, plant flowers, make everything look great,” she said.


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It being a “seller’s market, also means it’s a great time to be a developer. Just ask Christy Hicks, broker at ReMax/ Tri-Star and developer through Thomas Hicks Construction. The area just behind Walgreens on Charles Seivers Boulevard has belonged to Hicks for a few years, and she is finally building on it. Thomas Hicks Construction is developing the land and a national builder will build 71 town homes that they plan to sell for under $200,000. The average square footage will be between 1400-1600 square feet. “It will have a common area with a dog park, a picnic area,” Hicks said. “We want to make it feel residential.” While she can’t disclose the name of the builder, she said that the same company sold 170 homes last year in the Knoxville market and their goal for this year is 350. “My thought was that we needed somebody that can build at a price point where two people that work at Aisin can buy that cheaper than paying rent,” Hicks explained.

Brace for a boom Hicks believes that the 122 exit into Clinton off I-75 is ready to explode with growth, if housing can keep up. “Emory Road is bursting at the seams,” she said. “It’s going to come north. Raccoon Valley doesn’t have the infrastructure.” As a real estate agent, she is noticing two trends: one, when it comes to new construction, people want to purchase a home that is already built instead of building a spec home; and two, many, many people are moving down from up north. “People are coming here with a map,” she said. “They don’t really care about the amenities. They want to know how many miles from a hospital, from Walmart, from Knoxville. They like our recreational amenities like the lake and mountains but aren’t too worried about things like restaurants or shopping.” According to Hicks, they just kind of like Anderson County for what it is right now. “We have a great town, people love

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it when they come,” she said. “This is what our leadership has been working on for years.” They also love the low property and income tax.

The need for more rooftops While buyers aren’t moving to Anderson County specifically for the amenities, retail is still something that county leadership wants to draw. And it’s residential growth that draws retailers, according to Hicks. “It’s been the chicken and the egg for so long,” she said. “Developers want amenities and retail, retail wants housing. Taking this chance with housing, we’re going to get amenities.” Many chain stores and restaurants require specific demographics, including a minimum number of rooftops. For most chains, Anderson County just isn’t there yet. But attracting retail isn’t the only reason the county needs housing — there isn’t enough to go around. As of Monday, March 11, there were 210 homes listed as “active,” meaning there is no contract on them, in all of Anderson County, according to Joey Smith with Sellers Realty. In Clinton, there were 70; Norris had three; Oak Ridge had 77; Oliver Springs had six; Rocky Top had 13; and, Andersonville had 23. That’s not a whole lot of houses to choose from. There are more jobs available in Anderson County than there are homes to purchase. Patriot Ridge subdivision off of Ridgeview in South Clinton is one of the first to be built in years, along with a smaller subdivision off Miller Road close to Anderson County High School. Those homes are selling almost as fast as they’re being built. In the most popular price category — $150,000-$200,000 — there are only 28 homes for sale. Most homes in that price range are receiving multiple offers within the first few days of being listed. With multiple offers on a single property, that sales price keep getting pushed up. But Hicks doesn’t

think that can continue much longer.

Prepping to sell Jackie DesMarais, broker at Norris Real Estate Group, has seen the same thing happen. “Homes that are updated sell fast,” she said, adding that she is seeing many homes receive multiple offers the day they’re listed, too. DesMarais also specializes in interior design, and believes that small improvements make a big difference. Any real estate agent will guide you in deciding which updates will make the biggest difference in your home, according to DesMarais. “Almost everyone should go ahead and have an inspection done prior to listing,” she said, “so that when you get a contract and they do an inspection, you won’t be surprised.” And sellers typically are surprised by the sheer length of an inspection report, which lists every single thing that needs to be fixed in the home, from bare wires in the attic to missing

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GFCI outlets in the bathrooms and kitchens. She also recommends clearing personal items out of the home as much as possible. “Walk across the street from your house and look at it,” she said. “Is your lawn overgrown? Do the bushes need trimmed?” Things like painting the front door make a world of difference. And her biggest tip: clean, clean, clean. “And declutter,” she said. “Make it as sparse as possible and stick to neutral paint, like greige. Shampoo your carpets, scrub the baseboards and cabinets.” If you decide to remodel or upgrade a room, go for the bathroom or kitchen. “You get the most bang for your buck in kitchen upgrades,” she said. Since you’re moving anyway, DesMarais suggests packing up and storing as much as possible. “Open up your curtains and blinds, make it bright, light and big,” she said.

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ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Anderson County Teachers of the Year OLIVIA KUHENS

ANDY ALPERS

HEATHER FERRIS

GERRILYNN TRAVERSE

ERIC MEYERS

LOREN FORGETY

CONNY LUNDY

JULIE HAYNES

SEAN JESSIE

ASHLEY WEBER

MELINDA POWERS

JOSEPH SCARPINO

Clinton Middle School Years Teaching: 12

ACHS Years Teaching: 4

Norwood Elementary School Years Teaching: 11.5

Briceville Elementary School Years Teaching: 6

CRCS Years Teaching: 18

Grand Oaks Elementary School Years Teaching: 12

Dutch Valley Elementary School Years Teaching: 33

JESSICA SCHAUS

Norwood Middle School Years Teaching: 3

Fairview Elementary School Years Teaching: 9

Claxton Elementary School Years Teaching: 6

DEANNA BLACKBURN

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DEBORAH ECKLEY

Andersonville Elementary School Years Teaching: 38  

Norris Elementary School Years Teaching: 25+

Norris Middle School Years Teaching: 30

DAPHNE DOUGLAS ACCTC Years Teaching: 14

Preschool Years Teaching: 22

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CLINTON CITY SCHOOLS

Annual Charity Basketball Game: Guns and Hoses On Saturday, March 2, 2019, Clinton’s Finest hit the E.T. Stamey Basketball Court for some friendly competition! The 2nd Annual Fire and Police ballgame proved to be a nail biter! In the end, the Clinton Fire Department pulled off the big “W.” The gymnasium was filled with anxious spectators who cheered for their respective teams. In 2018, the Police pulled off the win making the score 1:1 between the competitors. This will make for some great competition next year as they seek the tiebreaker! The proceeds for this event go towards Clinton City Schools Blaze well-rounded activities. This year, this charity event raised $400 to be used towards student opportunities. We appreciate the support of both the Fire and Police! They are truly

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Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Banquet The annual Teacher of the Year Banquet will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Education Foundation for Clinton City and Anderson County Schools. Teachers of the Year from both school systems will be recognized along with SRO of the Year and Principal of the Year. Clinton City Staff recognized include: Mrs. Jenna Sharp Principal of the Year Ms. Jill Herman SRO of the Year CLINTON ELEMENTARY Allison Swanner, art teacher NORTH CLINTON ELEMENTARY Jyl Smithson, 3rd grade teacher SOUTH CLINTON ELEMENTARY Jean Fielden, 3rd grade teacher This event serves as the major fund raiser for the Education Foundation

each year. The Education Foundation for Clinton City and Anderson County Schools supports many aspects of education across both systems ranging from teacher grants to supports for students. There are several ways you can become involved to support our local schools including becoming an event sponsor, purchasing a table ($500), or acquiring an individual ticket. Sponsorship checks can be dropped off at Clinton City Schools Central Office. You can also learn more about the Education Foundation and this event by calling 457-0225.

CCS: Dream It Do It In November, all sixth grade students took a field trip to tour local industries in our community. Clinton Elementary students went to SL, and North/South Clinton Elementary students went to Clayton Homes. Four teams of students across all three schools were assigned the additional task of collecting data during the visit including work expectations, benefits, upward mobility, safety features, etc. Since November, the teams have been working to compile their information into a unique interactive website. On March 14, the Dream It Do It Teams

CCS Read Day On Friday, March 1, students across the system participated in Read Day! Students and teachers dressed up as their favorite book character as they participated in fun activities throughout the day focused on literacy. A wide variety of community members visited the classroom to read to students. As you can tell by the pictures, the kids and adults had a great day! We appreciate all who donated their time to make this day special for our students!

will present their interactive website to the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. Awards will be given in several areas based on the presentation style and components of the interactive website. All teams will be invited to attend the Dream It Do It Awards Presentation held in May at CNS in Oak Ridge. Ms. Staci Lollar has led the project in all three schools. She has encouraged students to think outside the box and has given them needed resources to meet team goals. Presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Clinton Elementary Auditorium. Community and business members are welcome to attend. The presentations will be impressive!


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