Kelly Arsenault

Affiliate Broker
Phone: 865.280.3335

Kelly was born and raised in the Bearden and Fountain City communities of Knoxville, and graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee in 2001. She moved to New York City in 2003 and has since also lived in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Austin. It was during her time in New York that she was first exposed to the real estate world when she worked as a bookkeeper for a firm in Manhattan. She learned a great deal about the industry from the financial side, but ultimately she wanted to be out in the field working with clients. It was also there that she discovered a love for historical neighborhoods and their preservation.

Kelly is a fan of all things vintage: from dance and music to fashion and culture. She grew up with a love for dance and was a member of the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, UT Dance Company, and Circle Modern Dance. Over the past few years she has traveled all over the world teaching swing dance and is now a co-owner of K-Town Swing, teaching dance in Knoxville as well as hosting vintage-themed events.

Kelly also has an affection for historical homes and the beautiful details they possess. She lives in the Happy Holler district of Old North Knoxville where she continues to work on her 1890’s Queen Anne. She is happy to be a part of First Neighborhoods Realty, and she loves to share her passion and knowledge of Knoxville’s historic communities with her clients.

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"We are so glad we got to work with Kelly! As first time homebuyers, she helped us navigate the home-buying process, demonstrating knowledge, competence, and clear communication. She was immensely helpful and went out of her way to make sure we were being dealt with fairly by other parties. We love our new home, but if we had to buy another one in the future, we would call Kelly first."

Nick & Emily, -Holston Hills

"Kelly is very organized and easy to work with."

Rick & Sue, -Fourth and Gill

"Kelly was wonderful to work with. She made our first home buying experience seem like a breeze. We cannot thank her enough!"

Jefferson, -Old North

"This was our second house purchase with Kelly. Last time, she helped us move back to Knoxville from Nashville and prepared all sorts of thorough videos when I couldn't see a property in person. This time, it was absolutely on the fly - I saw a dream house at 6 am one morning, Kelly had us in for a visit that afternoon, and helped us make an offer which was accepted the next day. Kelly is accommodating, smart, thorough, and kind. She gives her honest opinion and I feel like she really "gets" her clients and their desires. Anyone would be lucky to work with her."

Lindsay, -North Hills

"Kelly was AMAZING to work with! She listened to us, took notes, and went out of her way to help us in our search. We would definitely use Kelly as out agent again!"

Meredith, -Parkridge

"Kelly was the perfect real estate agent to work with as my husband and I pursued buying our first home! She was knowledgeable, honest, and super easy to communicate with. We always felt like her priority and quickly came to trust her opinions."

Allison, -Oakwood-Lincoln Park

"Kelly was wonderful. This was a difficult transaction and she really worked to get it done."

Carol & Jim, -Fourth and Gill

"Kelly was the greatest! She is conscientious, organized, trustworthy, and obviously knows real estate."

Solye, -West Knoxville

"Kelly is fabulous! She supported us throughout the process, and we never felt like we were anything less than her absolute priority. She was responsive to our numerous calls and questions, and we couldn't have asked for a better experience."

Eric, -Westwood

"It was a long road. I was super picky, and Kelly was awesome...The only reason I got the house I did is because of Kelly. Very happy with her."

Allison, -North Hills

"We loved Kelly. She was super patient with us as we made every part of our decision and never made us feel like we were wasting her time in the period we were determining whether to sell & move (but were still looking at houses). Great through the whole process."

Ally, South Knoxille

"The market was at a crazy and difficult time for buyers, but Kelly was patient and thorough. She always kept a positive attitude, even in our lengthy search. She responded timely to every need, until I found the right house at the right time!"

Billy, -South Haven

"Kelly was wonderful to work with and made everything about the process easy and clear. As a first-time buyer, I especially appreciated her attention to explaining every step and keeping me aware of all my options."

Chelsey, -East Knoxville

"Kelly was quick to reply and take action on paperwork! She was knowledgeable about older homes and really fun to work with!"

Jenica, -Edgewood

"Kelly is knowledgeable, professional, and also fun to work with! She led us through the process of selling our home and made the process very easy and transparent. We have both bought and sold with First Neighborhoods and had an excellent experience both times!"

Jessica, - Lakemoor Hills

"Kelly really went the extra mile for us even though we weren't high-dollar clients. She was always professional and took the time to understand our needs and desires in a property. We were very well taken care of by First Neighborhoods Realty!"

Aaron, - Oakwood-Lincoln Park

"Kelly assisted, supported, researched, and routinely provided information and answered our questions in a timely, professional, and personable manner. Our Knoxville home purchase was accomplished from out of state making the process that much more stressful and complicated. Yet Kelly managed to soothe our nerves and simplify every step. We are grateful to have found her and highly recommend her!"

Jane, -Sequoyah Hills

"It was wonderful. This was my 3rd purchase/sale with Kelly. She's fast (which is so important in a wild market like this), and helpful without overstepping."

Allison, -West Knoxville

"Kelly was exceptionally tuned into the housing market in our area. Thanks to her knowledge, she knew exactly how to price our house. As a result, she received two offers on the first day on the market! I'm just glad I had the good sense to follow her advice and trust her judgment. She always quickly responded to my concerns and questions. She promptly followed through with paperwork and other necessary details at every step. I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone interested in selling their home."

Ruth, -Edgewood Park

"Worked with Jade as well as Kelly. Absolutely fantastic experience! Very professional, knowledgeable and thoughtful. Thoroughly enjoyed working with them both. Would highly recommend either of these brilliant young women."

Deborah, -South Haven

"Kelly was a great help in our first experience as sellers. There were many bumps in the road and delays in our timeline, but she navigated us through everything with wonderful communication and support! We would highly recommend First Neighborhoods!"

Stephani, -North Knoxville

"After an unexpected hiccup, Kelly went far beyond the call of duty and helped us to secure insurance on very short notice so that we were able to still close on time. We are immensely appreciative of her effort."

Kelly, -Downtown

"Kelly was absolutely wonderful, extremely professional, personable, and friendly, and we loved that she is knowledgeable about old homes and the historic neighborhoods here in Knoxville. We would recommend her to anyone knowing that they too will have a great experience working with her."

Helen, -Parkridge

"Kelly was wonderful to work with in the purchase of our home. We contacted her on a recommendation from a friend, and from our first conversation, we could tell she was just as excited and invested as we were! Her sense of timeline and organization is on point, and her positive energy keeps everyone going."

Stephani, -Parkridge

"Working with Kelly was wonderful! I cannot imagine a better experience as a first time home buyer. She thoroughly answered my questions, gave thoughtful advice, and made the entire process feel manageable when I felt overwhelmed. I will definitely refer her to any of my friends or family looking for a home in the Knoxville area!"

Amelea, -South Woodlawn

"Amazing! We would recommend Kelly to anyone! She made this process so easy, and she always made us feel like she was constantly working behind the scenes for us! She checked everything thoroughly and ensured we were making the best decisions. We are so thankful for the personable and professional character that Kelly has!"

Leslie, -Edgewood

"Kelly was great. She was proactive, helpful, patient, and trustworthy. I would have no hesitation to work with her again."

Kevin, West Knoxville

"We absolutely loved working with Kelly. As first time home-buyers, this was a whole new experience for us, but Kelly walked us through each step and made sure we did/had everything we needed. She was a great information source, and we could not have done it without her."

Daniel, -Old North

"Outstanding experience both selling and buying. Kelly knew our neighborhood (Oakwood-Lincoln Park). We had a contract above asking price (and far better than we expected) within 1 week. I've bought/sold 6 homes over the past 30 years. All went well with those and still, this was by far the best experience I've ever had with a realtor."

Melanie, -Oakwood/Lincoln Park & Downtown

"...we could not have asked for anything more in our agent, Kelly, and First Neighborhoods Realty. She was thorough, diligent, patient, gritty and ultimately helped us find and buy an amazing home..."

Jenna, -Oakwood/Lincoln Park

"We met Kelly when searching for our first home and we feel so blessed to have found her! She was patient and professional, answered all of our questions, and really helped to put us at ease during the entire process. We truly felt like she was our advocate and we couldn't have asked for a better experience."

Kelly, -Old North Knoxville

"Kelly is an amazing human being. She was willing to work with us in spite of us being out of state with (slightly) unreasonable buying criteria. Nonetheless, in this (strongly seller's) market, she found us a place to purchase that was beyond expectation. We are completely satisfied with our experience with Kelly!"

Mark, -Colonial Village

"Kelly was a phenomenal realtor! I felt very confident and comfortable as we walked through the home buying process together."

Rose, -West Knoxville

"As first-time home-buyers, Kelly was exactly what my wife and I were looking for in a realtor. She immediately responded to every question and concern we had and she helped us feel informed at each obstacle or decision we encountered...Kelly’s effective organization and communication paid off in helping us find our perfect home in the midst of a hectic market."

Ryan, -Edgewood

"We couldn't have chosen a better agent! Kelly was pleasant, responsive, and patient throughout our home buying process."

Ripley, -North Hills

"Kelly is an absolute delight to work with. She responds to questions very quickly, any time and any day. She thinks of everything so there are no surprises, nothing falls through the cracks, and everything happens on time and with great ease. This is the second time we have bought and sold a home with Kelly. We're hoping not to move again anytime soon, but will definitely call on Kelly again if/when we do. I recommend her with no reservations."

Melanie, -West Knoxville

"Kelly was BEYOND amazing to work with. Incredibly diligent, honest, helpful and all around a wonderful person to work with. Her expertise and charisma made the home-buying process a truly exciting and joyous experience. Can't thank her enough!!"

Kyle, -Fouth and Gill

"Wonderful all around. Her suggestions for minor updates & professional pictures helped us get well above asking within the first 36 hours. I’ve used Kelly before & plan to use her again."

Allison, -North Hills

"Kelly is amazing! I would recommend her to everyone."

Heather, -Old Fountain City

"Kelly is the best. She was very patient with me and so very helpful. I would recommend her to any one. She made the process easier than I thought it would be. Kelly went out of way to make it better and to keep me informed."

Jean, -South Knoxville

She was so helpful! It could have been such a stressful experience but she assisted with everything. She responded extremely quickly and thoroughly every time we had a question and was very sweet and friendly. I will be recommending her to others!

Anna, -West Knoxville

"Kelly was amazing! She was kind, knowledgeable, responded quickly to our questions and worked extremely hard to help us find a home that we love. Thank you, Kelly and thank you, First Neighbors Realty."

Jennifer, -West Knoxville

"She could not have done a better job! She responded immediately and accurately to all of our many questions via text and email and she helped us avoid many pitfalls in the process. Throughout the sale, we relied on her to lead us through the many steps necessary to complete the transaction and we are very grateful for her help."

Vernon, -Fountain City

"Kelly was great to work with! She patiently showed us a handful of different properties in different areas surrounding downtown, and got better and better at 'narrowing in' on what we like. She was always responsive and thorough in answering questions, providing documents, and as we moved from 'looking' to 'buying' she walked us through the steps and forms very smoothly. We really enjoyed working with her and would be happy to recommend First Neighborhoods to friends."

John & Lauren, -Lindbergh Forest

"Kelly was very helpful and patient with my boyfriend and I. We are first time home buyers and she walked us through the process and answered our many questions. I’m so glad we got to work with Kelly!"

Anna, - Oakwood-Lincoln Park

"Kelly was great help to us as first time homebuyers. She was extremely knowledgeable, always available, and willing to help us save money and make the smart decision every time. We would recommend her to any of our friends and family."

Conner, -Oakwood/Lincoln Park

"Kelly was responsive and knowledgeable."

Amanda, -Fourth and Gill

"Kelly was terrific and a pleasure to work with! Her communication, attention to detail, and professionalism made selling the house a great experience."

Howard, -Fourth and Gill

"Kelly was wonderful. It took us over a year to actually put our house on the market and Kelly was kind and patient throughout the entire process. She was also knowledgeable about the current market and helped guide us to to an appropriate price. I'm looking forward to working with her again on the purchase of my new home."

Kristen, -Kesterwood

First Neighborhoods Realty, LLC a boutique firm specializing in the historic neighborhoods in and around downtown Knoxville.

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