Welcome Our New Agent

Welcome Our New Agent: Heather Kirby

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Heather is a native Knoxvillian, so she feels a special love and connection to her hometown. She studied art history at the University of Tennessee where she developed her appreciation for architecture and its underlying history. For two years, she was a resident manager at a wilderness lodge in Big South Fork where she honed her business and accommodation skills. From there she worked for the Knox County Library System for 13 years where she successfully commingled with a wide variety of people and expanded her research expertise. Heather's change in career to real estate was a natural choice with her background experience. She is friendly and honest and thrives on work that allows her to communicate and focus on the details. Whether a client is a buyer or seller, she believes in a creative, cooperative approach to negotiation and problem-solving where relationships are built and where everyone leaves the table feeling that their core needs have been met.

Heather is a well-rounded person with many interests. She is a real animal lover, for she is a proud momma of cats and dogs, all of which are rescues, and she works with horses and is an aspiring equestrian. She enjoys gardening, home improvement, literature, art, and film. She is an outdoors enthusiast who loves to hike, swim, kayak, and snow ski. She loves to travel, especially abroad, and she has an affinity for Ireland and everything Irish.

Welcome our New Agent: Nicole Robinette

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The oldest of seven children, Nicole was born and raised in Bristol, TN. She has lived all over Tennessee in everything from a 1910 Bungalow to a 1925 Mediterranean, so she knows a lot about real estate and home styles. After earning a B.A. in Music in New York and an M.A. in film and video from the University of Memphis, Before following her dreams to sell real estate, Nicole worked in television broadcasting, non-profit and higher education, and customer service. She loves helping seller and buyers and also enjoys selling vacant land as well as houses.

When she’s not hard at work in the real estate trenches, Nicole is at home in North Knoxville with her spouse, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 2 fish. She also plays keyboard and sings in both “Mojo Tweed” (a blues band) and is a keyboardist, singer and writer in the musical duo “News at Eleven.”

Welcome our New Agent, Laura Holland!


You may be asking, why is a middle school librarian from Elizabethton, Tennessee so passionate about Knoxville Real Estate? The answer is simple but comes in a few different parts First, while Laura will always call Elizabethton her home, Knoxville is where she feels at home. She has been a native for going on nine years, and Good Ole’ Rocky Top is where she plans to stay. Secondly, she LOVES houses: old (especially) but new, too. Growing up, she always had a question about some house on some street and expected some answer! She is a librarian and loves teaching research and technology to students; however, her passion for houses has never gone away.  In 2015, she embarked on her first renovation project (that took a while longer than she would ever admit on record). This fixer upper experience it made her love houses and made her appreciate Knoxville even more. So after she finished her Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she immediately began taking the steps to become a real estate agent. The rest...well it’s history!

Welcome Our New Agent: Ryan Atkins

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A graduate of UT and long-time Knoxville resident, Ryan Atkins loves Tennessee. You can find him floating the river in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. As an artist, he shares his paintings throughout the Knoxville community and you can see some of his works hanging in Tupelo Honey from time-to-time, or at one of his pop-up shows that happen quarterly around the city.

In his past life, Ryan’s hunger for travel and adventure landed him in Ukraine teaching English and skydiving; got him lost on the streets of Paris; took him swimming with Sea Turtles in Barbados; tasted him the best beer in Belgium; drove him excessively fast on the German Autobahn; and floated him through the canals of Amsterdam.

When he wasn’t traveling and going to school, he was flipping houses with his family, or working at apartment complexes, which is where his curiosity and love for real estate began. Then life led him down a different road and he began a career in advertising where he learned many business and marketing skills that helped him be a top performer in his field.

Now older and more settled, he and his fiance, Ali, call Holston Hills home, where they recently bought a house. After switching careers from Advertising to Real Estate, his hope is to bring others into the vibrant communities of Knoxville so they can experience the closeness and lifestyle of the city while also experiencing the outdoor life that the oddly-rural features of the city accommodate.

Welcome Our New Agent: Daphne Hill

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Daphne is currently enjoying a Tennessee homecoming. Having grown up in the Norris/Lake City area, and after a living a number of years out of state, she is thrilled to call East Tennessee home again.

With a B.F.A. in Drawing from UT Knoxville, and an M.F.A. in Painting from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA, Daphne’s background is in art and art education. She has taught painting and drawing to students from kindergarten to college and beyond. She has taught a number of special needs children and adults, and found her interactions with these students incredibly fulfilling. Daphne also taught inmates in a men’s maximum security prison in San Diego. This was a profoundly rewarding experience, and one that has helped shape her perception of people and the power of art, communication, and connection.

Daphne brings creativity, integrity, and heart to everything she does. She is committed to making your home buying or selling experience as smooth and positive as possible.

Daphne lives in her hometown of Norris with her husband, dog, and 2 cats. She has 2 grown sons, who are attending colleges on the West Coast. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, painting, and traveling

Welcome Our New Agent: Andrew Holloway

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Born and raised in Knoxville, Andrew can attest that there’s no place in the world quite like it. His love for Knoxville and experience working within some of life’s biggest moments make him an ideal fit for Knoxville’s real estate community.

With a background in special events and property management, Andrew has a unique sense of the importance of a real estate transaction. As an agent, Andrew prioritizes service to his clients, employing personal experience, knowledge, and compassion, so they can make the best decision for themselves and their loved ones. Andrew is best known for his positivity and professionalism.

In his free time, Andrew can be found perusing book stores, comparing one coffee shop with another (just to be certain of his favorites), refining what it means to be a cat dad, and winning dance off competitions - challenge him, if you dare!"

Welcome Our New Agent: Tracie Hartman


Tracie moved to Knoxville in 1996 for the outdoor life and quickly made Knoxville her home.  She graduated UT with her Masters in Education in 1999 then ran off to PeaceCorps.  Because  she has lived all over Knoxville, Tracie knows her way around town, and she loves exploring Knoxville's various neighborhoods while sharing her expertise.  She moved to the Parkridge neighborhood in 2004, where she currently resides with her son, dog, and four chickens.

Tracie's main focus is customer service.  She finds that her greatest talent is connecting people with their goals, then assisting them in attaining those goals.

When she isn't immersed in real estate, Tracie enjoys yoga, walking in the woods, camping, traveling, gardening, and cooking.

Welcome Our New Agent: Rachel Ray Honeycutt


Rachel Ray Honeycutt grew up in a 130 year old boarding house that her parents intended on renovating, but never completed. From the 18 years of living in those old bones, she grew to love houses with history and unique qualities.  She is addicted to search engines and finding a deal;: whether it be searching for that rare Mid-Century sofa on Craigslist, or finding that absolutely perfect home for her buyer, Rachel searches with fervor and dedication--she loves finding that property that folks think does not exist.

Rachel is a UT graduate in both Philosophy and English, and loves literature, creative writing, poetry, and music. Rachel has two sweet children, Ruby and Sam and is married to a local jazz musician, Buddy Honeycutt. She loves the outdoors and worked for a Wilderness Therapy program called Second Nature Blue Ridge in the Georgia mountains after graduating from UT, where she helped at-risk teens navigate through their therapy using the tools of the wilderness, GPS, and primitive bowdrilling for fire. She loves exploring, cycling, great food, cooking, creeks and rivers, and travel (and Barbeque potato chips).  She is interested in real estate investing and how investment tools and new website start-ups like airbnb can be tools for financial freedom for the younger generations and for folks seeking financial independence.

Rachel loves getting to know her clients; she loves getting to work with people and develop meaningful relationships--helping them to buy an item of value and sell things that truly have worth, enabling them to achieve their dreams--she knows that investing in a home can be a great path for future financial success in life.

Rachel loves fixer-uppers and has experience closing property with renovation loans, both professionally and personally on her own home.  She loves helping clients determine what the best option for their personal situation in regard to buying a home or fixer-upper.  

She is an avid blogger and loves to write.  You can visit her blog at www.rachelhomeexpert.com Rachel is always accepting new clients, to buy or sell and loves helping folks navigate the home sales process.  Call her today! 865-888-0344


Welcome Our New Agent: Scott Lee

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Scott originally moved to East Tennessee to continue his career in television. Here he found himself working on a new cable television program where “two sets of neighbors redecorated one room in each other's home.” The program would become a cultural icon and Scott’s career would take him to the leader in lifestyle television, Scripps Networks Interactive (HGTV, DIY, Travel Channel, FOOD Network).

After fifteen years producing and editing programs about people buying, selling, renovating, and flipping properties Scott decided it was time to be a part of the fun. Now, with a handful of investment properties, numerous real estate deals conducted, and a penchant for finding a good deal, Scott is lending this enthusiasm to his clients.

Scott’s motto to “deliver more than expected” drives everything he does. When not searching tirelessly for the next great real estate deal, Scott enjoys playing golf, soccer and riding his vintage motorcycle. But mostly he can be found spending time with his wife, three kids, and Jack Russell Terrier, Molly, in the woods, at the zoo, or on their boat.


Welcome Our New Agent: Jim Bristow

After spending more than a decade delivering and managing IT and Healthcare services in corporate America, Jim felt the urge to take his talents local and act on a long time desire to pursue a career in Real Estate.  As a client facing professional, Jim’s philosophy to customer service excellence blends subject matter knowledge with deliberate communication, hard work and precise execution.

Originally from coastal Virginia, Jim holds a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master’s in Business Administration.  After moving around the Southeast completing their respective educations and pursuing career opportunities, Jim and his wife settled in Knoxville where she is tenured faculty at the University of Tennessee.  They live in Sequoyah Hills with their two high maintenance, but well loved rescue dogs.  Outside of his passion for Real Estate, History and things of old, Jim likes to sail, ponder the next DIY project for his home and tries real hard to avoid those foods that doctors say are bad for us.

Welcome Our New Agent: Matthew Lawson

Matthew moved to Knoxville in 2005 to launch an equestrian training program and fell in love with the area and the people. His experience combined, with the resources of Trotta Montgomery will make buying or selling your home a great experience.  

Matthew is an avid outdoors-man and can often be found at the farmer’s market, Mead’s Quarry sup boarding with his dogs, supporting local events, or foxhunting with Tennessee Valley Hunt.

As an equestrian professional, his specialty has been finding his clients the perfect horse. Now, as a real estate agent, he helps his client find the perfect home. Matthew knows how hard relocation can be and his decade worth of local knowledge will serve as an asset to buyer’s and sellers. Matthew’s specialty is equestrian real estate, but he also has a passion for fine architecture and unique residences. 

Welcome Our New Agent: Chris Garvey

Chris and his wife chose to relocate to East Tennessee from San Diego in 2008 because of its four distinct seasons, numerous recreational opportunities, and the overall quality of life. 

With a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA as well as a teaching credential and certificates in cabinetry and furniture construction, Chris has worked as a university administrator, elementary school teacher, cabinet maker, and a stay at home dad before becoming a Realtor. Working on his own home and rental property has given him a greater appreciation of those details that can make a house a home, give it character, and make it unique. He believes that while houses are bought and sold, homes are created through vision and hard work. Chris is dedicated to helping his clients meet their real estate needs, whatever they may be.

When not working for you he can be found remodeling his own properties, coaching his sons in soccer, and enjoying life here in East Tennessee.

Welcome Our New Agent: Laurel Strozier

Laurel was born and raised in Knoxville.  She has lived, worked, and played in many of its unique neighborhoods and green spaces, making her an excellent choice for helping you plant your roots in the area or to attract buyers for your home.  After graduating from Maryville College with a B.A. in International Studies, she worked as an English Professor at the National Agricultural University in Honduras for two years.  Since returning to Knoxville, she has worked as a Spanish medical interpreter in early childhood development, obstetrics, and dentistry.  After buying her first house, Laurel developed a passion for real estate and now owns several rental properties.  Her goal is to help Knoxvillians achieve their homeownership dreams, especially Spanish speakers.

Laurel enjoys reading, playing tennis, cuddling with her two cats, and has a seriously impressive house plant collection.

Welcome Our New Agent: Anna Compton


Anna Compton is graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she earned an MS in Geography and a BS in Logistics and Transportation. During her time at UTK, she was an exchange student in the Netherlands and loves traveling all over the world and the USA.

Her real estate strength lies in her neighborhood knowledge and passion. She is the current Co-Chair of the Cumberland Estates Neighborhood Organization, was appointed to the Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory Council, and completed the City of Knoxville’s “Building Strong Neighborhood Organizations” leadership training program.

When Anna isn’t putting her expertise to work for buyers and sellers, she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, indie music and movies, photography, and walking her beloved basset hound, Sonny.

Welcome Our New Agent: Annette Sydes

As a real estate agent with a Master of Public Health, Annette has a true passion for working with and helping people within the community. She is dedicated to the Knoxville area and is committed to giving back to this community through membership in the Junior League of Knoxville, supporting local businesses, and participating in charitable activities. The real estate process can be stressful and everyone deserves to find what they are looking for. You can rely on Annette to make it as easy and exciting as possible. Annette will help you get settled without settling!