REA celebrates 45 years in East Tennessee

Jay FitzOur Town Leaders

Realty Executives Associates (REA) reached a remarkable milestone as it celebrated 45 years in East Tennessee. The celebration, which took place at Zoo Knoxville on September 22, 2023, marked the continued legacy of REA as the #1 real estate firm in the area since 1980 (sides, sales, size).

The evening came alive with the gathering of over 850+ REA agents, making it an unforgettable event filled with remarkable animal experiences, gourmet dining, an array of refreshments and an electric after-party led by the renowned DJ Sterl the Pearl.

Justin Bailey, far right, speaks to those attending the 45th anniversary celebration for Realty Executives Associates at Zoo Knoxville.

“This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, and the first time we have gathered together as one company in quite some time. The unprecedented growth and success of this firm is a direct result of the value our founder built REA on – to serve our agents. I am proud of our agents, and how they continue to do excellent work in East Tennessee real estate,” said Justin Bailey, CEO.

Amidst the lively atmosphere, the occasion also served as a moment for reflection on REA’s remarkable journey through the years. It was an opportunity for the company to honor its past achievements and set its sights firmly on a promising future.

Megan and Darwin Kerr with Terrance and Ruthie Lyons at the REA celebration.

REA continues to stand as a paragon of excellence in the real estate industry, and the 45th-anniversary celebration at Zoo Knoxville was a testament to the enduring dedication and success that have defined the organization since its inception.

Realty Executives Associates ranked #49 on RisMedia’s National Brokerage Rankings.

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Realty Executives Associates contributed information and quotes for this story.


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