Realty Executives Downtown is open

Sandra ClarkDowntown, On the Grow

Realty Executives Associates has opened a downtown office that captures the edgy energy of our center city.

Agents Emily Stevens and Bailey Rose will be the founders and operators of Realty Executives Downtown, located at 323 Union Ave. Grand opening is set for Friday, Feb. 4, with a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m.

Emily Stevens and Bailey Rose at Realty Executives Downtown

Both are eager to connect with the downtown community. “We’ve got three huge windows, said Stevens. “We’re going to showcase an artist each month and on First Friday, we’ll host an open house with the artist.”

Rose and Stevens will use the space as a hybrid office for a business they own with Emilie Stooksbury –

“We love Knoxville and we want to help others love our city,” said Rose. “We do not say to new buyers, ‘Here’s your key; bye.’ We want to help new homeowners make friends and find their way around the city.”

Their website separates listings by area and highlights the special nature of each part of town. “Whether you’re moving across the country or across the county, we can’t wait to help you fall more in love with this sweet Scruffy City – starting with a beautiful place to call home,” said Stevens.

Realty Executives Downtown is one of seven powered brands offered by REA. Experienced brokers operate their agency under the REA umbrella and gain the benefits of the national brand.

“When I first met with them it quickly became apparent there was a cultural match with Realty Executives and their philosophy of caring for agents well,” said Justin Bailey, chief executive officer of REA.

“We have been looking at different parts of town to ensure our agents are equipped to service clients in each specific neighborhood. In that effort, we have always felt we were missing a presence downtown. Our agents were doing plenty of business there but we hadn’t figured out a way to provide them brick and mortar. When Emily and Bailey approached us, it was almost prophetic that they wanted to open a downtown location. The timing, mixed with how well they fit our culture, was just ideal.”

The women understand being new to Knoxville. Bailey Rose moved here from Texas in 2019. Emily Stevens came to attend UT and never left. Emilie Stooksbury moved to Knoxville in 2014.

Get a flavor of their energy from this quote on their website:

We started contemplating the idea of “New2Knox” while training for the Knoxville half-marathon. (If you’re as slow as we are, running a half-marathon gives you an embarrassingly large amount of time to do things like “contemplate.”) While endlessly running, Emilie Stooksbury admitted two things:

  • Making friends as an adult is annoyingly hard.
  • She wasn’t feeling Knoxville.

… We invited the internet to a party at the Bearden Beer Market … and people came. That party proved to us that there was a need – thus New2Knox was born. … We’ve hosted countless socials, launched small groups and begun highlighting our favorites of Knoxville.

“I really believe in them,” said Justin Bailey. “I think their hearts are in a great place with their desire to be servant leaders in the community.”

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