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Family owned and operated since 1966.


Knoxville's most trusted auctioneers

Alley Realty & Auction was formed in 1966 by the late David Alley senior. In 1979 his son, David Alley Junior, merged his auction company, Alley Realty & Auction, with his father’s realty firm and formed Alley Realty & Auction. The firm moved into land development in the early 1980s, predominantly developing and subdividing large land tracks throughout East Tennessee.

In the 1990s, Alley began developing major subdivisions (individual lots) to be sold by auction. While this method was radical to the home building industry at the time, it quickly caught on and many companies, banks, and developers began to employ Alley Realty & Auction due to their success. The firm has gone on to develop 40+ subdivisions with over 2,400 lots sold at auction.

Notable sales include: the land for Turkey Creek Town Center, the land for Willow Creek golf course, and the Candy Factory Loft condos in downtown Knoxville.

Alley realty formed by David Alley Sr.

The late David Alley Sr. launched his realty business in Knoxville, TN.

Major Subdivision Development

In the 1990s, Alley began developing major subdivisions (individual lots) to be sold by auction.

Alley Realty + Alley Auction

David Alley Jr. merges Alley Auction with his father's Alley Realty.

Third Generation Legacy

 The Alley sons join the family business and continue serving clients throughout East TN.

Our vision

Alley Realty & Auction exists to serve the sellers and purchasers of the East Tennessee region's most special properties through the careful art of auction.


Years of experience

Our Founder

David Lewis Alley, Jr.

David is the President of Alley Realty & Auction, founded in 1966 by his father. His love of the auction profession and the development and sales of personal estates truly makes him a great ambassador for the profession of which he is so fond. David has personally owned, developed and sold at auction over 42 residential developments in East Tennessee. Having a background in construction management, development, marketing and sales, David is equipped to serve a variety of clientele. David’s objective is to create manageable solutions for seemingly unsolvable problems. Implementing proven aggressive business plans, with time being of the essence, is core to David’s dealings in the real estate profession. David is a member of the Knoxville Board of Realtors, National Auctioneer Association, West Knoxville Rotary, Dale Carnegie Sales Institute, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, CAI Auctioneers Institute, and a founding member of Nucleus of Knoxville


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