Joe Hickman

Affiliate Broker
Phone: 865-306-8357

Originally a Fountain City boy, Joe and his family (Wendy, Harper, and Dalton) now live in the Forest Heights neighborhood in Bearden. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1999 where he marched in the Pride of Southland Band and managed to earn a degree while attending as few classes as possible. In the band he was in that part of the T where the football team nearly runs into the band while turning toward the sideline.

For several years Joe managed a large regional independent bookstore in Jackson, Mississippi where he did all manner of business – recruiting, training, marketing, event planning, and of course reading all of the books, and while this was tons of fun it was not in Knoxville and Knoxville was simply where he wanted to be and live.

His love of historic houses has its roots in visits to his grandparent’s Fountain City Colonial and in dating his wife Wendy when she lived in the Pickle Mansion in Fort Sanders. As an armchair Knoxville historian and major Jack Neely fan, Joe combines his love of Knoxville, business experience, and love of historic houses to help clients in all of Knoxville’s historic neighborhoods through the home buying and selling process.

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"We could not have asked for a better agent! Joe was extremely helpful, flexible, and knowledgeable."

Alanna, -Westwood

"Joe was wonderful and easy to work with. I've worked with many realtors over the years and have had many that are pushy and difficult to trust. Joe was extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy."

Kat, -South Haven

"Joe was great! He was responsive to all our questions along the way, very patient as we looked at tons of houses and offered great advice to help us get the house we wanted. We would definitely use him again if we are in the market to sell or buy!"

Aaron, -West Knoxville

"We live 3 hours from the Knoxville area which required Joe to do a lot more work for us than what would normally be required. The Covid-19 situation compounded the difficulty in obtaining our new home. Joe was always there for us and worked diligently in assisting us with our home selection and purchase. His advice was spot on and his strategy for the offer on the home allowed us to succeed on the purchase without undue risk. We are confident in saying that had anyone else been our agent, we would not have been able to buy our new home. Even after signing the purchase agreement, Joe worked long distance with us to take care of all items required to get us to closing day. Working with Joe was like having a friend help us. We highly recommend Joe Hickman to anyone wishing to purchase a home in the Knoxville area."

Larry, -West Knoxville

"Joe Hickman has a wealth of knowledge about the real estate market and was a huge help to us as we jumped into buying a home. He was timely with responses and always eager to meet and help us throughout the process. A great experience overall and we would definitely use Joe again!"

Ryan, West Knoxville

"Joe was an absolute pro. He kept us relaxed when we felt anxious, got answers to all our questions during the process, and was extremely honest in his views about the house’s pros and potential cons."

Katie, -Highland Neighbors

"While it feels odd to say that buying and selling a home (both of which we did with Joe Hickman as our agent) was a genuine pleasure, this experience was as close as one could hope to come to that being the case. We chose First Neighborhoods because of their excellent reputation for knowing deeply the special character of older neighborhoods and homes. Well-deserved! Joe knew the ins-and-outs of both Fourth and Gill and Fountain City, and his guidance was essential in helping us find and buy a home we love in a very competitive market. He was then instrumental in helping us set a price and navigate offers in selling our home, with a wonderful end result. Joe is a rare combination of very knowledgeable, efficient, and low-key. He is an excellent listener and quickly got the gist of what we were looking for, saving us time by screening out and screening in properties. We never felt pushed or "sold,'" and he was able to provide information about aspects of properties that were not immediately apparent. As a perk, Joe is also just great company. We will enthusiastically recommend First Neighborhoods, and Joe in particular, to anyone buying or selling in Knoxville's older and historic neighborhoods."

Lee, -Fourth and Gill

"Joe was wonderful! I’m a long-distance buyer so that added complexity to an already complicated process. But Joe dealt with it fine and made himself totally available the week I flew in to see the house and create my list of renovation projects. He’s calm, easygoing, and knowledgeable. I’m very happy!"

Celia, -Fourth and Gill

"My experience was wonderful. Joe was thorough, communicated, followed through on each thing he said, and was so patient through the whole process. I highly recommend him if you are looking to sell your home!"

Debra, -South Haven

Joe was a great agent and I would gladly recommend him.

Philip, -Fourth and Gill

"My family and I loved working with Joe! His familiarity with and love for Knoxville, and the time that he took to understand what we were looking for, gave us confidence that he could help us find just the right house. We put Joe's even temperament to the test with a long and circuitous search process, changing our minds at several key points along the way; Joe was unflappable, always putting our needs first and taking every new development as an important step in the process. By the end, I felt that we'd gotten not just a great house, but a trusted friend in Knoxville. I couldn't recommend Joe more highly."

Josh, -Oakwood/Lincoln Park

"Joe has been great throughout the entire process."

Abdullah, -West Knoxville

"Joe is the best!"

Chris, -Westwood

"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Joe. He was such a great resource and ally to us throughout this stressful process. He was so thoughtful in his responses and took time to walk us through anything that we were worried or confused about....With us coming from the suburbs, knowing next to nothing about these houses, we felt very protected and supported. We could not be happier with our gem of a house we bought."

Crystal, -Old North Knoxville

"Joe is extremely thorough, thoughtful, patient and prompt in addressing questions and concerns. He's been a pleasure to work with throughout the selling process."

Watson, -South Woodlawn

"Joe Was very professional and patient and worked hard for us. He always went above and beyond to take care of our needs. Highly recommend him."

David, -South Knoxville

Working with Joe has been such a wonderful experience for our family. He is extremely thorough, motivated, and professional, but also very fun and never once did we feel rushed or pushed into anything. He will go into a basement to check out the mechanical unit with you and the next minute he will be playing soccer with your kids so you take photos and spend a moment imagining a home's potential. Joe has the best of what you'd want in a realtor and I would recommend him to any and everyone looking for a new home. Thank you Joe!

Meg, -Fountain City

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