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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tim Wenzel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Wenzel.

Hi Tim, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up in Columbia, SC and upon graduation of Ben Lippen High School I started volunteering with the local Fire Department. I then graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and began working for the Richland County Sheriff’s Office in 2012.

I bought my first house that same year that was in need of some serious repair. I continued to work through the ranks at the Sheriff’s Office and held numerous positions there that included a Community Action Team position where I attended local HOA and community meetings building relationships with the community.

I then began working as an Investigator and investigated all types of crimes to include being on the midlands gang task force as an investigator. I finished fully renovating my first house, flipped it and sold it and moved down to Murrells Inlet, SC where I transferred and did Investigations with Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. After about 15 years of being a First Responder, I felt God leading me into a career change and a move awar from South Carolina.

I have always liked real estate ever since I flipped my first house right out of college. My uncle, Andy Pifer who is a Realtor in Knoxville, talked with me and after talking with him, I felt led to move to Knoxville, TN. Knoxville is a good fit for me as I like the outdoors and it reminds me of the college town I grew up in.

I have been going to Cades Cove and staying in cabins in Gatlinburg since I was a young kid and already knew the area some. I moved up to Knoxville and became a Realtor working with Honors Real Estate Services , which is one of the top private real estate companies in Knoxville.

My gift is serving and now I have the opportunity to serve others in a different way other than law enforcement/first responder.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Moving to a city where you know very few people is tough. It is tougher when you are trying to start and build a business with no income.

I found that praying a lot, getting out in the community and on social media was the best way to overcome that and build those long lasting relationships. It is still a struggle but I continue to work hard and build those relationships.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Previously law enforcement and fire department I am well trained to understand communities.

Trained in broken windows theory and crime prevention through environmental design, I understand safe communities and the importance of helping build safe communities. Now, as a Real Estate Agent, I can use my past training to help understand the communities where my clients buy and sell houses.

I study trends and am able to advise my clients effectively of those trends. I am also an avid outdoorsman and prefer to be outside, especially fishing. That passion has pushed me to really focus on large tracts of land. While I don’t specialize in land just yet, it is quickly becoming a passion of mine.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
Knoxville is that college town with the industrial side to it, but not too big like Atlanta or New York.

The coffee shops are some of my favorite aspects as there are about as many coffee shops as there are churches in Knoxville. The people are so nice and there is a never ending list of things to do in the community.

What I like least is the traffic.

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