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Brett was born and raised in Batesville, Indiana but has called East Tennessee home since 1993. He earned a finance degree from Franklin College and a MBA from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He then spent 20 years in the banking and lending industry and, in 2011, he obtained his real estate license.

Brett and his wife, Jennifer, have 3 children: Mary Kate, Caroline and Will. The Heppner family lives in one of Maryville’s prestigious historic neighborhoods in a home built in 1886 that they restored themselves.


Brett is a strong advocate for our community. He is currently a Deacon at First Baptist Church Maryville where he serves on the Finance committee and also serves on the Blount County Young Life committee.

Eric left the Midwestern plains and came to the mountains of East Tennessee in 2005. He earned a B.S. in Education from Kansas State and a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee. He spent considerable time in the sales industry before obtaining his real estate license.


He and his wife, Molly, are raising three kids: Jake, Emma, and Charlie. Besides their home in Blount County, the Rice family loves spending part of every summer at incomparable Camp Ozark in Central Arkansas.

Eric has immersed himself into Blount County serving on several local boards, working in the Maryville City Schools, coaching youth sports and serving through his church. He is a graduate of the Leadership Blount Class of 2010. Currently, he serves on the Maryville City Schools Foundation where he co-chairs the Rebel Run, and the Kingdom Design Ministries board.

Brett and Eric have been family friends for years, but formed the Property Dads in 2016. Each of the Property Dads has his own, unique personality and skillset which allows the two to serve their clients more efficiently and effectively than they would be able to on their own. The Property Dads have also had a variety of real estate experiences, including flipping properties and managing rentals. So, whether you are a buyer, a seller, an investor, or property manager yourself, call the Property Dads and let them help you make your real estate dreams come true!


Brett Heppner

Real Estate Specialist


Eric Rice

Real Estate Specialist