OUR HISTORY – The Vision

Tennessee Real Properties

Founded by Sue Neff, Tennessee Real Properties has a rich past steeped in the love and knowledge of the Cumberland Plateau and a unique land use vision.

As a resident of the Plateau, Sue spent more than 30 years as a Landscape Architect involved in planning the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and, later, designing equestrian community master plans including layout and construction supervision of horse trail systems. She used her design expertise to assist others in their quest for their ideal property in this extraordinary landscape. Her in-depth attention to her real estate clients’ desires, combined with her long-standing knowledge of this region, provided invaluable insights for TRP customers.

Sue found a kindred spirit when she brought Stephanie Cross onboard at Tennessee Real Properties in 2019. While professionally mentoring Stephanie, their business relationship grew into a journey of a shared love of the land, horses, land development vision, and a deep and lasting friendship. Together they focused on the love and joy of the land, equine communities, and the desire to share that with others.

In 2021 Sue retired, handing off TRP to Stephanie Cross as the new Principal Broker of Tennessee Real Properties.  Sue and her husband, Brad, ride their Arabians, paddle their kayaks, and photograph the natural beauty of the Plateau and all that life continues to offer.

Map Created by Sue Neff


Stephanie Cross

Principal Broker

Originally from central Georgia, I welcomed the beautiful mountains of Tennessee into my heart and soul in 2010. Tennessee embraced my family as well. I may be biased, but Tennessee has SO MUCH to offer. The land and outdoors are a part of me and of my life. 

As a wife and mother of three children and four horses, I continue to enjoy the sport of barrel racing and have competed for 26 years.  In 1999 I was Georgia State NBHA 2D Youth Champion (National Barrel Horse Association) and 2-time NBHA World Qualifier. As a family we enjoy shooting traditional archery with the TBG (Traditional Bow Hunters of GA). We find being outside is great for our insides!

What does all this mean in a real estate brokerage?

A passion for the LAND. My passion for the land and the outdoors, combined with my experience with horses, provides my clients with a unique, tailored approach to their land/farm real estate experience. Whether land and farm, residential or commercial, I work to  leverage my talents, skills, and expertise to consistently provide my clients with a highest level of concierge service possible.

And we have FUN with it. My joy comes with seeing my clients find their heartland.  Tell me your dreams and what would make your heartland. Together we can make it come true. 


Kim Orr


Where does the love of Tennessee land begin? As a real estate agent from Michigan, mine began with the search for my “heartland” in the Big South Fork area. I chose Stephanie as my personal realtor, and oh what a GREAT realtor she was! As a real estate agent for Century 21 affiliated and Coldwell Banker Professionals in Michigan since 2017, I know to take care of my clients. As Stephanie and I  became close friends, I obtained my broker license here in Tennessee and joined the Tennessee Real Properties Team in 2021.

I absolutely love it here. The adventures with my horse Rio seem endless in the Big South Fork wonderland! I think you will find this to be true for you, too!

Here at Tennessee Real Properties, we treat clients like family. An equestrian family!  Let us help you find your next dream home, or let us sell your current home, so you can go on your next adventure. We hope to hear from you soon!!! Happy trails!!! 


Tonia Allis

Associate Broker

I have had extensive Real Estate training and a wide variety of experience as a Realtor in Michigan and now serving Tennessee! I have a college degree in Legal Administration, studied marketing, economics and spent many years homeschooling my five children. Through this experience, I know what it takes to help people reach their goals!

I am thrilled to be a part of the Tennessee Real Properties Team.  My love of home design and remodeling has led me to a career as a realtor, so feel free to ask me for advice on home staging as well. I look forward to helping many others buy and sell their homes by sharing my passion for real estate in Tennessee and Michigan.  

The REAL Mission

Tennessee REAL Properties clarify for ourselves, and for a watching world, what it means to live a life of authenticity. It’s not enough to say we’re REAL;
you will be able to see we’re REAL.

It shows.

When you’re REAL, it will reveal itself in your life and work. At Tennessee Real Properties, we bear the marks of authenticity in ways that can be seen, heard, and felt. When you know what you’re looking for, you can see the marks of REAL in our lives — and in our work. 

A Concierge Agency

Whether land and farm or residential and commercial property,  TRP leverages their talents, skills, and expertise, consistently providing their clients with a highest level of concierge service possible.

We always over deliver.

This simple precept makes up the foundation of Tennessee Real Properties.

"Buy land, they're not making it anymore."

Mark Twain

Let's Find your Heart Land Together