Buying a home is one of the most exciting milestones of your life. To prepare yourself for this moment, you need to know what to expect during the process. This buyer’s guide created by real estate expert Shannon Foster-Boline will help reduce the stress of buying a home and help you enjoy the journey as much as possible.
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We recently moved from Indiana to Knoxville, TN. I located Shannon by searching for Realtors® on the internet. After reading her web page as well as several reviews by satisfied customers I contacted Shannon through her webpage. She contacted me via email within 24 hours. After contact, we set up a time to talk on the phone. We talked for a half hour or so and she asked all the right questions to get an idea of our situation and what we were looking for in a home. She focused on our highest priorities in buying a new home. Since this was going to be our 3rd home purchase, we were very particular about things that we wanted as well as things that we ...— Buyer & Seller
Definitely a relocation expert. Our family was an out-of-state corporate relocation given a short time to find a home and close on one. Most searching by us had to done long distance and trusting the professional local knowledge of Mrs. Foster-Boline and her personal knowledge of us gained by long-distance communication. Her work ethic was excellent and her responsiveness time back to us via e-mail, phone, and sometimes even text was amazing and much appreciated considering our special circumstances. All home showings had to be done in several short high-pressure visits where we flew into Tennessee to look at sometimes 10 homes a day in 3 counties. ...— Buyer
We recently used Shannon Foster-Boline to buy a home and sell a home. From the moment I contacted Shannon to help us out with selling our home to the moment we signed the last document at closing, Shannon was a consummate professional! She provided a wealth of well-researched information as far as how we should price our home, how we should stage our home, and how we should prepare our home for showings. Because we followed her honest advice, we had five showings in less than 36 hours, and we had two offers on our home shortly after that! Everything went smoothly with the selling process, and Shannon was a wonderful advocate for us as sellers of our...— Holly W.
I can’t begin to describe the fantastic job Shannon Foster-Boline did for us. We were relocating out of the area and needed to sell our house quickly. Shannon came out and toured our home recommending minor things we could do to ready the home to go on the market. We set up an appointment to meet at her office where she presented information on her experience, marketing strategy, and pricing recommendations based on her research of the area and similar home sales. She then scheduled a professional photographer to take pictures (this was proceeded by an email from the photographers of things we could do to ensure the best possible pictures we never k...— Mindy P.
Shannon was nothing short of a blessing to my family. We had been paying two mortgages for some time and really wanted to get our empty home sold in a hurry. I had used a different Realtor® previously and had an awful experience, so honestly, I was nervous to sign the contract. Shannon, however, was so honest and gave me such an in-depth presentation for how she projected my property to show, what I could reasonably expect to sell for, and how closing would look. I decided that I couldn't afford to be nervous and called Shannon soon after leaving that first meeting to get things started. I am so happy that I did. She and her staff (Rachel specifical...— Buyer & Seller
I was a first-time home buyer and had very little knowledge about the home-buying process when I started. However, Shannon made sure to explain everything clearly to me throughout each step of the process. She also worked with me to help me figure out exactly what I wanted in my home. The first day of looking, Shannon took me to a few houses, some I had chosen and some she wanted me to see. My whole family ended up joining me for the house search and Shannon accommodated us all. While at these houses, she mentioned another house that she thought I might like. We asked if we could go see it that day and she worked it out so that we could. That was th...— Buyer
We were put in touch with Shannon several months before we even moved to Knoxville, and at that time, we didn't know if we would rent for a while and buy in another year or so, or buy right away. Shannon was very patient with us and ensured us that she was with us for the long haul. She provided us with information as we needed it but was careful not to overwhelm us with options. Shannon was always quick to respond to our calls and emails, and she made extra efforts to make herself available whenever we needed her. By the time we were ready to buy, she guided us through the decision gracefully, and we were comforted by her knowledge of the area and ...— Buyer
My wife and I first met Shannon when we viewed one of her listed properties in early 2010. Things didn't work out as planned so we had to put the house hunting on hold for a few months. When we were ready to start eagerly looking for our new home in late 2010, we decided to work with Shannon because she was very personable and professional. I couldn't ask for a more patient and hard-working person to work with. I spent 7 years building custom homes for other people, so I was very set on what I wanted in a home. After searching for an entire year, we finally found what we were looking for. Shannon was there every step of the way on our long journey f...— Buyer
I can not even begin say enough wonderful things about Shannon Foster-Boline. As far as I am concerned, I have found a real estate agent for life. I have never met anyone who performs their job with such care, knowledge, expertise, and passion. Shannon went above and beyond any expectations, I had in the home-buying process, and I have even commented on more than one occasion that I'm a little sad the process is over! Shannon listened carefully to me and honed in on my wants and needs. She even provided excellent advice and direction in areas I was unsure of or lacked knowledge in. Shannon helped me find the perfect first home, which exceeded my exp...— Kelli T.
Shannon was super helpful in guiding me through my first home-buying experience. Since I was unfamiliar with the home-buying process, I leaned heavily on Shannon for advice and she was always available to answer any questions I had for her. When our search began, Shannon did a great job compiling potential options for me to consider based on the housing preferences I provided. She was a great advocate for me throughout the process, always keeping my interests in the forefront while providing me with context about various areas of town, etc. I was very impressed with her hard work and recognized her skills in finding available homes, taking care of t...— Spencer C.
This is the second time our family has used Shannon and her team. Not only did they find us our first home but years later, they helped us sell it! Shannon made selling our home a breeze! First, the listing price she recommended was perfect, as we had four offers above the listing price within the first 24 hours of our home going on the market. Second, her attention to detail ensured that we never had any doubts about any decisions or negotiations we made because we knew we could trust her to follow through on absolutely everything. Finally, Shannon's willingness to be available at all hours of the day, whether to simply answer questions or update u...— Tiffany T.
We have purchased and sold many homes over a 45-year period and Shannon is at the top of any real estate professional with whom we have met. Three agents were interviewed by us for our most recent home sale. Shannon came prepared with a well-designed and thought-out presentation. She did not give us comps until she had visited our home and was the ONLY agent to provide us with comps outside of our subdivision. These numbers were presented to us in a manner that we had never experienced with estimates of how quickly the home would sell based on the price at which we listed it. The sign was posted at 5 pm one day, we had requests for showings within 3...— Linda D.
We are so happy with our new home purchase! Although we were not new homebuyers, the process could not have been smoother. We relocated with a job promotion and had "no clue" about the city or where we should live. Shannon knows Knoxville! Most important to us she listened to our wants, needs, and desires in a home and matched those with properties in areas we would like within our budget. We very much appreciated Shannon's fast and efficient communication skills via email, phone calls, and texts. This communication kept us "on track" during a long-distance buying process and family relocation. Once we narrowed the search to the area of town we want...— Buyer
Working with Shannon was a fantastic experience! I recently moved from Canada to Knoxville, and Shannon provided helpful tips and professional advice at every step of the way. My timeline was tight, and I was only able to visit Knoxville once. I thought it might have been an impossible task to buy a house from so far away, but thanks to Shannon's expert guidance and advice, everything went smoothly. Shannon was very responsive and showed great attention to detail. She really understood my priorities, and helped me find a house that met all of my criteria in a great location, for a good price! After my experience with her, I have total trust and conf...— Amanda B.
I simply can't put into words how amazing Shannon is, but I'll try! This is an "updated" review since Shannon helped me find my home in Knoxville about 4 years ago and recently helped me Sell my home as part of an out-of-state move. The care, persistence, integrity, transparency, and effort that Shannon and her team put into their work is above and beyond anything, I've ever experienced; not just in real estate, but in business. Shannon and her team truly define "working for you" and their expertise in the field makes the home buying/selling process seamless and Easy! If you're looking to buy or sell a home in East Tennessee, do yourself a favor and...— Seller
Shannon is one of the most professional people I've ever dealt with. Having sold and then bought a home with her I can attest to her expertise in both transactions. She is incredibly knowledgeable about every step of the process and does an excellent job of communicating everything to her clients. She's thorough, quick to respond, and just a pleasure to work with. I love her use of technology which speeds up the process. I love that with every problem that arises she comes to you with the issue and one or more solutions. I love that she surrounds herself with a team of professionals as great as she is, which makes for a buying and selling experience...— Jamie S.
We needed to find, purchase, and close on our first house in 45 days. Shannon made sure she fit us into her schedule the day I called her. If she couldn't meet us for a showing, then her knowledgeable assistant would step in and help us shop around. I always felt confident that even when all was quiet, she was working hard behind the scenes to make it happen. She made sure we knew exactly where we were in the process, with step-by-step instructions. When the time came, she made great recommendations for inspectors, mortgage brokers, and home insurance companies. If I knew purchasing a house could be so easy, I would have made the decision years ago....— Buyer & Seller
Shannon served as our agent for selling our Knoxville home and for buying one in Loudon County. We highly recommend her. We felt like she was the most knowledgeable agent at the closing table on both occasions and throughout the whole process. We really felt like we were in good hands with her as an agent and advisor. We found helpful her recommendations for people who provide related services a network of highly skilled and similarly kind and caring people. Shannon is available, responsive, sincere, super smart, classy, and a bundle of positive energy. She's tech-savvy and will use that to market or find your home. Digital signature ability made th...— Martin
We purchased our first home with Shannon’s help and we were extremely pleased with the job she did. Throughout the entire process, she was professional and knowledgeable and took my complete lack of real estate knowledge and made it very easy to understand. Shannon always pointed out specific problems as well as potential points of concern and was invaluable in helping us prepare and schedule inspections. With a very tight deadline, she was able to put together a very competitive offer in time for the offer review date that ended up winning the deal. She is focused, honest and uses available technology to make efficient use of your time. We never fe...— Eric Jacob C.
If you are looking for a real estate agent to assist with the sale or purchase of your home, I highly recommend working with Shannon. She is both professional and experienced and is very knowledgeable of the market in and around the Knoxville area. Before listing my waterfront property, I took the time to research Knoxville's top agents, whereas I eventually chose Shannon, and I'm really glad I did. She went over and above and exceeded my expectations. Her assistant, Rachel, was wonderful, as well. She made sure to keep me up-to-date weekly with the interest on my property. I've had the opportunity to use several Realtors® over the years, and truly,...— Candace C.
Shannon is an absolutely consummate professional. Five Star Service! From the very start, it was obvious that she had a thorough grasp of the real estate business and local landscape. Her experience and knowledge offered as she guided us thru the entire process were very thorough and on target. The home had been with another Realtor® previously and had not moved. As soon as Shannon was on board, things changed. From her use of professional photography, advice on the best show face for the home, and her ability to really target the buyer market, the house sold. Last, but not least, one of the most important functions of an agent is to communicate oft...— T. Allen
Where does one start to describe how incredibly awesome Shannon Foster-Boline is? When it was time to sell our house, I was given Shannon's card from another friend, and so I called her up from day one, Shannon was committed to helping my family not only sell our home but to also find our next dream home! This gal is organized, responsive, knowledgable, punctual, sensitive, great listening skills, Amazing patience with all of our questions/concerns, always followed through, a real "do-er". I seriously could go on and on with favorable adjectives to describe our experience/service with Shannon. Suffice it to say, I will most definitely be recommendin...— Buyer & Seller
I feel like I really lucked into getting Shannon as my Realtor®! This was my first home purchase, and I don't have family in town, so Shannon's expertise and empathy were sorely needed. She very quickly understood what I was looking for in a home and possesses a depth of knowledge about Knoxville that enabled her to show me just what I had in mind. She responded to queries at all times of the day/week and was always looking out for my best interest. I never had to worry about anything falling through the cracks, and I felt confident in relying on her knowledge and experience where my own were lacking. I can't recommend Shannon highly enough! I love ...— Jaberna
Shannon is awesome! She came over to my house and thoroughly explained the sales process and went over the comparable sales so I would have a good idea what my house was worth. I listed my house with her the next day and she immediately put my house on numerous internet sites which immediately helped get my house shown several times over the next few days. Within five days of her listing the house, I had an offer which was acceptable, and 30 days later my house was sold! Shannon was always available to answer my questions and guided me through the sales process. Everything went smooth. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I would highly re...— Scott M.
Shannon is an amazing person and Realtor®. She is extremely knowledgeable about the area and is particularly good at laying out the pros and cons of certain areas while remaining appropriately impartial. This was my first time purchasing a home, and Shannon was wonderful at walking through all the steps, repeating them as necessary, explaining how and why things are done, and encouraging me to walk through them at a pace that was comfortable for me. Beyond her expertise in her field, Shannon is just a warm, genuine, and fun person to be around. I haven't worked with other Realtors®, but the bottom line is Shannon made me feel cared for, and cared ab...— Mee Ja S.
Shannon helped me buy and sell a home in the Knoxville area. I chose her based on her bio and the great reviews she had, and I was not disappointed. She is very knowledgeable, sincere, and responsive, and treats people with respect. She made sure I had all the information and guidance I needed. She gave me great advice on selling my house that resulted in a better sales price than I expected and a very quick sale. She also has a good network of professionals that can help with pretty much anything you need during the process. I will definitely work with Shannon again and would highly recommend her. She's a consummate professional and just a really n...— Kelly B.
Working with Shannon made an otherwise intimidating process very easy! We were moving to town from out of state and really needed a lot of local hand-holding. Not only did Shannon listen to what we wanted and helped us to find it, but she was really amazing at helping us navigate the process from far away. She also helped us negotiate the offer on the house - her help made all the difference as we went back and forth with the seller. Her advice was informative without being overbearing, she was wonderful about giving us her professional opinion while still making sure we were making our own decisions. You could not find a better agent!— Nina F.
My husband and I loved working with Shannon! This was our first home-buying experience and Shannon consistently responded immediately to us, provided homes that solely met our criteria, and set up showings within just a few days. The thing we loved most about her was the fact that we never felt pushed or pressured. She stepped back, let us make our own decision, and never tried to sell a house to us. Once we found our home Shannon was great about keeping us in the loop, explaining the process, and letting us know the status of things. She really made it such a simple process. I would suggest her to any new home buyer!— Buyer
We bought our first home through Shannon in December 2013. As a first-time homebuyer going through the home loan process can be daunting, to say the least. Not only did Shannon look out for our best interest, but she was also very informed about the processes the VA takes to receive a home loan. Everyone she recommended (inspector, title company, etc.) was superior! I couldn't have asked for a better first home purchase process and Realtor®. My husband and I will be calling Shannon with our next home purchase/sale, but hopefully, that isn't for another decade or so!— Buyer
Shannon is awesome! She's very professional. As a first-time buyer, I was basically clueless when it came to the home-buying process. She had my best interest in mind and gave me her honest opinion when I needed it. I know she works with several clients and is very busy, but not once did I feel like "just another client". She's very organized and manages her time well. I never felt rushed. My parents also saw value in the service she provided me and decided to use her to purchase a rental property. I definitely recommend using Shannon!— Melsa D.
We were fortunate to have found Shannon through a home listing on Zillow. From our first meeting, she demonstrated a fantastic personality and knowledge base. Unlike some in her field, she was not pushy and was patient with our very picky (and sometimes tedious) needs in a new home. She worked with us for months until we found exactly what we were looking for. all while advertising and selling our home above what I expected for a purchase price. You cannot find a better person or real estate agent to represent your best interests.— Buyer & Seller
Shannon is wonderful! Having a Realtor® that is detail-oriented, organized, and efficient like her is invaluable. Being new to the area, we had lots of questions about finding the right home location. She listened to our needs and helped narrow down the best areas for us to start our search. When we found a home, she helped us find excellent inspectors and facilitated repairs. She was always thinking ahead and had our best interests at heart. This was the easiest home purchase we have ever made and it was all because of her.— Lane C.
Shannon was everything we needed and more. Being first-time buyers, we did not have much experience with the process. We had specific wants and needs for our home, as well as financial demands. Shannon was patient and persistent in assisting us with finding the home we had imagined, and successful in negotiating our financial preferences. She answered all our questions promptly and in a way that we could understand. From introduction to closing day, Shannon was more the exceptional, and far surpassed our expectations.— Houdy
Shannon was irreplaceable when it came to finding the right house for me. First, she took the time to understand exactly what it is I was looking for. Then, she took the initiative to pre-screen the houses on the market, which saved me a considerable amount of time (much appreciated due to my busy work schedule). Shannon made the process of searching for the right house easy and fun! She is a very positive, proactive, and competent individual. I currently recommend her to all my friends looking to buy or sell a house.— Olya S.
Being first-time purchasers, we knew very little about the home-buying process. Shannon not only provided us with information but also answered our questions thoroughly so that we were able to make informed decisions. She kept in contact with us throughout the process, updating us on negotiations, contract details, inspections, etc. Shannon treated us as though we were her top priority at all times. Without a doubt, she provided excellent service. We will certainly recommend her to our friends and family!— Buyer
My wife and I were thoroughly pleased with Shannon as our buyer's agent. She was prepared and knowledgeable about the properties we viewed. Shannon did leave for a planned vacation during our search, but she left is in the capable hands of Julia Martinez (whom I would highly recommend as well.) It was also a nice bonus to be able to discuss Game of Thrones with Shannon. We are first-time homeowners and very thankful for all the work Shannon and Julia put in to make our dreams come true!— Stephen K.
I bought two houses and sold one house with Shannon. There is no one else that I will ever choose for my real estate needs. Shannon is knowledgeable, responsive, and attentive to client needs. My questions were answered before I even asked them, and I was always apprised of the status of sales. Shannon has surrounded herself with other professionals of the same quality, including loan officers, title company closers, and home inspectors that are competent and helpful.— Lindsay W.
Shannon was extremely knowledgeable throughout the home-selling experience. She was very professional. She was punctual and responded quickly to any questions or concerns that we had throughout the process. We felt very comfortable with her knowledge of historic homes and neighborhoods, as well as with her marketing abilities. We have already recommended her to several friends! She is an amazing and extremely helpful person to have with you through the realty process!— Seller
Working with Shannon was an absolute delight! She listened to our needs and wants and worked diligently to help us find the perfect house. Throughout our home search, Shannon responded promptly to all of our questions and made us feel as if we were her only client (even though I know she is incredibly busy). Her knowledge of the area is unmatched, as is her desire to help her clients. She made sure that our entire experience was smooth and enjoyable!— April K.
Shannon did a tremendous job representing me in the sale of our Condo in Knoxville. She showed great knowledge, skill, and initiative throughout the process. This was critical for me as I was hundreds of miles away during the entire process. Shannon sourced various people to prepare the property, aggressively marketed it, and closed the sale. I would recommend Shannon to anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate in the Knoxville market!— Seller
Shannon Foster-Boline was extremely helpful in searching for and eventually purchasing a home in Knoxville. She is highly knowledgeable about every aspect of the process and provides excellent answers, explanations, and advice. Her work made the process quick and trouble-free. I greatly appreciate the efficiency and effectiveness that was demonstrated and would highly recommend Shannon to anyone looking to buy a house in the Knoxville area.— Buyer
Being self-employed, I was apprehensive about buying a house because it seemed like there were going to be many challenges. Shannon was with me every step of the way. She was a great source of information and advice throughout the entire process. Everything happened on schedule, and all the things that she recommended turned out great. I would highly suggest anyone use her services for buying or selling a home in Knoxville.— Kate S.
Being first-time buyers, we were looking for someone who would be patient with us and explain every step of the process. Shannon was absolutely that person. She was very quick to return phone calls and emails and really went above and beyond what we expected from a Realtor®. We trusted her opinion and always felt she had our best interests in mind. You will not be disappointed with Shannon as your Realtor®!— Buyer
We recently worked with Shannon to purchase a home and, given the wonderful experience we had with her, we plan on using her to sell our current home as well! We were lucky to find her after we were "fired" by our first Realtor® who gave up on us after two showings. Shannon was able to boost our self-esteem while also working diligently to help us buy the perfect home for a great price. Thank you, Shannon!— Buyer & Seller
My husband and I used Shannon as our Realtor® to purchase our first home. We absolutely loved working with her. Before we even met, she sent us information to help prepare us for what to expect on our house-buying journey, and she walked us through the whole process step by step. She was always easy to contact and prompt to respond. I would definitely recommend Shannon to others looking to buy a home.— Buyer
We love Shannon. She and her team have guided us through three real estate transactions. 2 sales and one purchase. She gave us great advice that helped us sell our homes quickly, she was honest about how much we should list our homes for, and she always followed up with us. She is great. If you need to sell your home, buy a home, and get the best deal, then we recommend Shannon!— Brian H.
Shannon is very knowledgeable and helpful. We searched for a home in Knoxville remotely and Shannon was always available and provided excellent advice throughout the entire process. She suggested home inspectors, insurance companies, and lenders in the area. Shannon is a hard-working, serious, and honest real estate agent. We really enjoyed having her as our Realtor®.— Buyer
Shannon is amazing! We have used her to both buy and sell a home. She is very knowledgeable and walked us through the process each time. She put us at ease and took a lot of the stress out of each situation. She never made us wait for answers to our questions and worked very quickly. We can't say enough good things about her and we highly recommend her!— Valerie M.
I've both bought and sold a home with Shannon and she is fantastic on all ends in the home buying and selling experience. She is available, knowledgeable, and has a team of professionals to help solve any issues that arise. Shannon goes above and beyond to help get your home sold. I highly recommend her! I wish I could have taken her to my new location!— Sara F.
This is the fourth residential real estate transaction in which we were represented by Shannon and her team. Their professionalism, energy, determination, and warmth are beyond reproach. They make certain you are always well-informed, and that you understand each part of the process. And they deliver the deal. It simply does not get any better than this.— Mark H.