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! She was immensely helpful and went out of her way to make sure we were being dealt with fairly by other parties.

Nick and Emily
Holston Hills

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.  

Sequoyah Hills

“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 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.

North Hills

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

Fourth and Gill

Kelly was AMAZING! and it was truly a joy to work with her. She is a communication rockstar, who ensured that we were always in the loop and completely informed about where we were in the process and the steps to come.


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.

Lakemoor Hills

“…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…”

Oakwood-Lincoln Park

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.


“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!”

South Haven

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

Carol & Jim
Fourth and Gill

Kelly is an absolute delight to work with. 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.


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

North Hills

“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.”


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!

Colonial Village

“Kelly is amazing! I would recommend her to everyone.”

Old Fountain City

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!!

Fourth and Gill

“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!”


Kelly assisted, supported, researched, and routinely provided information and answered our questions in a timely, professional, and personable manner. We are grateful to have found her and highly recommend her!

Sequoyah Hills

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.

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