Welcome to Tennessee! 

Our goal at Tennessee Home Finders is to help you "Follow Your Dream ... Find Your Place!" We provide sellers, buyers, investors and renters an inside track on what's available, honest advice on local communities, as well as the amenities, attractions and ownership support services available. Visit once and fall in love with Tennessee--why not rent or own your part of paradise?! We bring people together to enjoy all the best that Tennessee has to offer!


Tennessee Home Finders brokerage was birthed in 2007, a company devoted to selling the relaxation, beauty and fun of Norris Lake, Douglas Lake, the Holston River, and surround-ing mountain areas. So many clients --like us-- are from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Canada and other out of state locations, and we forge a common bond to enjoy and share the benefits and beauty of the region.  We are headquartered on Norris Lake in LaFollette, near Deerfield.



Full time broker and founder Tom Sturm, a broker with Coldwell Banker West Shell Realtors in Greater Cincinnati, envisioned a company that connects Tennessee buyers with Tennessee sellers -- offering the kind of real estate service and marketing they are accustomed to "back home."  The core of our business model revolves around creating a stress-free search and a no-worries sale, delivering "northern style" service and marketing on southern shores.   


We are a full service brokerage, offering marketing for luxury estates, cabins, and log homes, as well as Norris' unique

floating houses, manufactured homes, house boats, farms, condos and lots. With the launch of our property management and vacation rental division, our positioning to help you find, rent or sell your piece of the dream is equalled only by our commitment to make your time with us not just a transaction but an unparalleled, rewarding experience. Whether you're buying, building, renting or selling, contact us. We're ready to go to work for you!


Buying ... Find YOUR Place!

Ever wondered where to start? As an out of state client considering a long distance purchase, we've learned it's difficult finding what you're looking for, or even how to begin the process. The local MLS has only a small percentage of the available inventory, and many firms and owners independently try to push their own listings or property. It doesn't have to be that hard, really!



You've just found your connection to a team of honest agents who are savvy about the region, knowledgeable about the inventory, and passionate about the relaxed lifestyle on the lakes. We've bought homes ourselves in the community, and are committed to helping you make the best possible buying decision. Tennessee Home Finders maintain at our fingertips EVERY official and unofficial property for sale from all the sites, all the companies, all the rentals and all the owners around the lake! It's taken a long time to build this "Home Finding" resource, but as we introduce it ... you're just a call or email away from knowing ALL your choices without endless hours of internet searching, phone calls, and random driving. One net catches all the fish when you enroll in our Premium Buyer Services Program.


Our experienced team of agents love the Tennessee lifestyle and own homes in the community. We know the developments, builders, marinas and communities around the lakes, and we're ready to listen to what you're looking for. We'll help you discover properties on or off the waterfront that fit your needs--some listed, and many more that are not.   We have a new emerging "favorite" on the lake ... check out this community at www.TheVillagesAtNorrisLake.com !


Like what you see but not the idea of making the payments on it alone? Then maybe you're looking to let us help you bring an income stream with our Property Management Program, or ask us about the benefits of Shared Ownership. It's not a time share, but separate "tenants in common" ownership with one to six other partners ... we'll connect you, structure the transaction and even manage the property if you like...to enjoy more than you might feel comfortable affording alone.


If what's available doesn't fit for you in the areas we serve, we have relationships with other firms on other lakes and other parts of Tennessee like Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge ... even as far as Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky! We've got a sister company forming on Lake Cumberland and the surrounding areas there as well, if you'd like us to keep an open eye for you in other markets. 


So whether you're looking for a dream vacation home, an ideal investment property with good cash flow, a retirement getaway, a lot to build on, a second home to enjoy, or a guaranteed great vacation rental ... we are committed to providing you with the highest level of quality service until you're HOME!   Let us make a difference where YOU live, and Find YOUR Place in Tennessee!


Selling and Property Management ... Delivering Satisfaction

The decision to sell or rent a second home is a challenging one, especially since so many owners with Tennessee properties are from out of state. Who can you trust to accomplish your goals to make the most of your vacation property?


Tennessee Home Finders has developed proven effective marketing strategies will ensure that you will sell or rent, get the highest possible price or best bookings for your home, and protect your valuable investment while under our agreement.  Our internet strategy enables us to reach buyers on hundreds of websites, search engines and email campaigns.  Our print marketing and boat show presence allow our buyers' agents to attract quality, ready purchasers and renters. Our newly renovated office is located in the heart of LaFollette just two lights from the turn to Deerfield Resort, and we have the most recognizeable and visible signage in the region. 


The broker, Tom Sturm, is a listing specialist among the Top Realtors of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and brings the best of marketing strategies coupled with a high level of service and communication.  We've brought the finest cutting edge tools and technologies to Tennessee in order to bring the best qualified buyers and renters to your property.  Several of our agents are dual-licensed in other states, and are connected to a vast pool of potential clients equally interested in a second home through membership as a Resort and Second Home Specialist. 


The network our agents have with local brokers, other out-of-state owners and Realtors--being second home owners ourselves -- creates unique opportunities to expose your property where it's most likely to sell...to another out-of-state purchaser.  As often as not, the connection that sells your vacation home or investment property happens long before the buyer even visits Tennessee...a distinct difference between our brokerage and every other company selling in the area. 


Tennessee Home Finders, even in its very name, is driven by an intentional strategy to attract buyers...in order to satisfy sellers.  Our inventory sells because our listed clients recognize a key truth in marketing real estate --whoever has the buyers in a market like this will best move properties listed for sale!  We guarantee to provide you with professional, ethical and confidential service and keep you fully informed every step of the way.


 Renting ... Follow YOUR Dream

Almost every seller and buyer started out with a vacation experience that caused them to fall in love with the lake, the people and the beauty of the region.  Thousands of out of state vacationers annually make the trek to Norris, earning the boaters on the lake their nickname as "the Buckeye Navy."  Boating, skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, bridge jumping, rope swings, and canoeing are in ample abundance for the water sport enthusiasts and sun lovers.  However, Norris is also known for its great fishing.  With the generous allowance of private lakefront docks by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), professionals and relaxers alike can enjoy the fishing and still have easy access to their boats and water toys. 


In our first year handling rentals, Tennessee Home Finders is pleased to offer quality vacation homes on and off the water.  We welcome your request to find exactly the kind of property you want to rent, as well ... if we don't have it, or the date you want isn't available, let us go to work for you to find it! 


Come on and enjoy YOUR perfect getaway break with us, or check with us about long term rentals while building or checking things out if you're considering a permanent relocation to the area.  We will find what you love, and make your experience the best vacation you've ever had!