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June 07, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Finding the right house is just one of life’s big decisions

New Knoxville resident Melissa Centers writes, "Whether it’s a house, or a new role, or a new life, it’s all about where you fit in and how you see yourself."

Melissa Centers is a new resident of Knoxville, having moved here a little more than a year ago, but she’s jumped right in to learn about the city and get engaged.

Professionally, Centers is a consultant and advisor to Boards of Directors, C-Suite, and Chief Legal Officers as well as a blogger. We met her last summer when she was a panelist for two consecutive sessions of the “Women’s Capital Series” organized by Catherine Porth and Let Her Speak nonprofit.

We made a few introductions last fall for Centers and have remained connected. When she learned during one of our follow-up conversations that our oldest granddaughter was considering the legal profession, she volunteered to meet with her and explain what a lawyer does.

The blog that she produces is titled Prep Over Coffee. Her latest posting deals with a challenge that many new residents of Knoxville are facing: finding the right home. As she explains, Bankrate ranks Knoxville as the second hottest market in the country.

“When we arrived, we quickly realized we were not the only people who had the great idea to move to this hidden gem of a town,” Centers writes, but then compares it with other equally important decisions that individuals make during their lives. “Whether it’s a house, or a new role, or a new life, it’s all about where you fit in and how you see yourself.”

You can find the insightful column here.

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