About Me

My real estate career began in 1984 when my dad started paying me 50¢ each to enter listings in the MLS on those newfangled things they called computers. While I no longer work for 50¢ at a time -usually- I never lost my love for real estate.Julia Odom, Odom Realty

I bought my first house in 1995 at the tender age of 22 (don’t even think about doing the math) and spent several months remodeling it before moving in. From that experience I learned that: 1. things always take longer than you think they will, 2. things always cost more than you thought they would, and 3. you should never sand your wood floors perpendicular to the grain.

And so began my love affair with buying and selling and sanding. I’ve bought and renovated several houses – most of them old, some of them just ugly. Along the way I’ve learned lots about what you want, what you don’t want and what you should run screaming from. I’m even getting better at figuring out how long it’s going to take to fix stuff (although it’s still much more art than science).

I’m licensed to sell real estate in Tennessee & Georgia. I specialize in buyer’s representation & I prefer helping people find the perfect historic wreck home but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love new houses too. I like to sleep well at night so you can trust me to give you an honest opinion about the value and condition of what you are looking to buy or sell.

Since my office is one of the listing offices for HUD in southeast TN, I also know a little more than the average bear about guiding a client through the fifth circle of hell buying a HUD house.

Contact me for more information about buying or selling a home in Chattanooga as well as the rest of Hamilton County: Ooltewah, East Brainerd, Collegdale, East Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Soddy Daisy, Hixson & Middle Valley or northwest Georgia: Fort Oglethorpe, Rossville, Ringgold, Chickamauga & Lafayette (did I miss anybody?).

Other tidbits: I love to travel internationally, especially the less beaten of paths (Laos, Ethiopia, Namibia? Anyone?). I’m a single mother by choice via trans-racial adoption (you’ve been forewarned – you’ll have to listen to me talk about how great my kid is). I enjoy long walks on the beach and debating the renovation vs restoration question.

Yes, that picture up there is me. No, I can’t do that anymore.