"A comfortable house is a great source happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience." That quote by Sydney Smith was a favorite of mine long before I entered the real estate industry. It simply expressed the way I wanted to feel about my own home. My goal is to provide comfort and happiness on all levels of the transaction with which I'm involved. Real estate became a career after over 20 years in office administration. I love if for the satisfaction it bring to not only help people, but to allow a flexible schedule so I can pursue my family and volunteer interests.
As part of a national franchise, I can offer my sellers a unique reporting system that show them not only what websites potential buyers are searching on, but also whether they are local or out of town. We also feature our homes through additional advertising on a large variety of websites (electronic searches have become the preferred method for home buyers to search).
In this industry, education is important both for myself and for buyers. I've been involved in Home Buyer Work shops for 7 years to help first time buyers. I have an information packet that I provide to help folks understand the process of purchasing a home.
Every year, I try to show appreciation to my clients and customers. I hold a luncheon/movie for them. From time to time, I also send out items of interest on a wide range of subject that gives information on a wide variety of subject.
Real estate is a fascinating business. My fellow Realtors area a pleasure to know and work with. And everyone of my clients and customers are just the best.
I graduated from Crisp County High School in Cordele, GA. My college degrees were earned at Abraham Baldwin College and at the University of Georgia.
I entered the real estate profession as a second career, becoming licensed in 2001. Earlier, I had worked in the banking profession for over 20 years, with positions in loan origination, branch management, and internal auditing.
Working as a real estate agent has given me the great opportunity to enjoy a long-held passion of mine; that is, homes and the personal connections that come with the searches, sales, and purchases of them. I strive constantly to excel in both public relations and human resources as they relate to my work.
Professionally, I'm excited about my new responsibilities as President-elect of the Crisp Area Board of Realtors and grateful for both my status as the 2010 Top Producer for Smith, Branch, & Pope, L.L.C.'s Cordele/Lake Blackshear Office and new membership in the Million Dollar Club. Aware of the vibrancy of technology in the real estate profession, I have recently gained the National Association of Realtor's Technology certification, designated as E-Pro. I've found that membership in the Georgia Association of Realtors also provides opportunities for continuing education and professional networking. Reacting to the economically driven volatilities in the housing market, I have actively gained as much recent experience as possible in handling distressed and foreclosure assets.
When not working with or for my clients, I have some community and civic involvements that are very rewarding to me. I'd like to mention my involvement in the following: Past President and current Board of Directors member of the Historic O'Neal Neighborhood Association; Board Member of the Gillespie-Seldin Rural Life Community Center; Chairman of the Gillespie-Seldin Rural Life Community Center Audit Committee; Board member of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing; Founding Officer of Barnes & Thomas, Inc., an enterprise devoted to the preservation and restoration of historic homes in Cordele's O'Neal School Neighborhood; Volunteer for the SAM Shortline Railroad; frequent volunteer and constant promoter for community service organizations and events in Cordele; and Special Events Volunteer for the Georgia Historic Preservation Trust.
My hobbies are even real estate connected! I enjoy travelling around our country to historic homes, preservation sites, and historic home districts.
I live in the Lake Blackshear community but strive for a special focus on the in- town properties of Crisp, Dooly, Turner, Wilcox, and Sumter counties.
I would enjoy an opportunity to focus my passion for real estate on YOUR home purchase or sale needs.
John is a new Realtor, but is not new to the real estate business. John has lived in the Tifton area for over 40 years and he married his High School sweetheart, Jessica Thompson Hicks. Jessica runs their custom sawmill business, Logs to Lumber and Beyond. John is also guitarist/songwriter, and has recorded his original music and motivational audio programs as well. Co-Founder of Adversity University, a course on turning problems into opportunity, John is an extreme optimist willing to help anyway he can. John is excited to be a member of the CENTURY 21 Smith Branch & Pope LLC team, and looks forward to helping you with your next real estate venture.
Professional Information:* Licensed in real estate since 1978* Million Dollar Club award winner for the past 18 years* Winner of the Multi-Million Dollar award* Past President of the Tiftarea Board of REALTORS®
Community Involvement and Special Achievements:* Current member and past President of the Kiwanis Club* Recipient of the Sertoma of the Year Award* Former Ambassador of the Year for the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce* Vice President of the Ti ft Regional Medical Center Foundation
Personal Information:* Married to Laura, an educator, for 25 years* Two sons, Josh and Jordan* Member of Northside Baptist Church* Resident of Tifton for 30 years* Hobbies are playing golf, deer hunting & community service.
I grew up in Henry County, Georgia and graduated from Eagle's Landing High School in 2003. Following high school, I moved to Turner County and began farming. Today I am a self employed cotton and produce farmer. I also serve as the young farmer representative for the Turner County Farm Bureau. I am a member of Bethel Baptist Church. My wife, Sallie McHugh, is employed with Crisp County High School as the Young Farmer Advisor.
Agriculture is a passion of mine. I am experienced and dedicated and wish to help customers find the perfect land or real estate purchase to fit their needs. Contact me for all your real estate questions; home, farm, or business at 229-402-0595.
RON BRANCH, CRS,GRI SFR, is Associate Broker and co-owner of CENTURY 21 Smith Branch, & Pope, LLC in Tifton, Georgia. Prior to entering the real estate profession full time, Ron spent 23 years with Georgia Power Company, mostly in and around Atlanta. Then in 1994, he left the Corporate world to pursue a long time dream of becoming a REALTOR®. He has been making up for lost time ever since.
Ron served as President of the Tiftarea Board of REALTORS® in 1999, and again in 2007. He is also very active with the Georgia Association of REALTORS (GAR), and currently serves on the GAR Forms Committee. Ron has also served on the GAR Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Education Committee, Professional Development Committee, the State and Local Governmental Affairs Committee, the GAR Structural Audit Task Force, and has chaired the GAR Special Recognition Committee. For the past 16 years, he has been a certified Pre-license instructor for the Georgia Real Estate Commission and is co-owner and Director of the South Georgia School of Real Estate in Tifton, GA. Ron is a very strong advocate of improving the quality of education for REALTORS®, and previously served on the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association (GREEA) board of directors. He is also a past Dean of the Georgia REALTORS Institute (GRI designation school). He is an active life member of the "Circle of Excellence" Club of the Tiftarea Board and has received the prestigious Centurion Producer award from CENTURY 21.
Serving in civic and community affairs is Ron's way of farming for real estate leads and giving something back, all at the same time. He is past chairman of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Tift County Development Authority. He is also a past President of the Rotary Club of Tifton and is active in numerous other civic and community activities and committees.
Helene Fleming is a licensed REALTOR and a member of the Tiftarea board of REALTORS®. In 2007, Helene sold a home for one of her customers which now gives her the distinction of having the largest real estate sale in Tift County. She has lived in Tifton since 1972 and is equipped with athorough understanding of our community and its resources.Helene's community involvement includes having served on the followingboards: Tift County Library Board (served as Secretary, Vice-Chair andChairman), the Tif t County Foundation for Educational Excellence (servedon Reading Capital of the World Committee, Incentive Grant and Excellencein Teaching Award Committees), the PTO boards for Len Lastinger, MattWilson, Tift County Junior High School (served as Presid ent.) and theNortheast Campus of Tift County High School (served as President.twice),Magnolia Garden Club (served as Secretary,Program chair and vice-Pres.)and the Tifton Museum of Art and Heritage (Chairman of Volunteer andMembership Committee,wrote and developed a program for the establishment of a Guild). She is a member of First United Methodist Church.
Helene is married to Carlton A. Fleming, Attorney with Sims, Fleming andBenson and has three children, Virginia (Gin), a clinical pharmacist whois an assistant professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacyand serves St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, GA as a clinical pharmacist andestablishes sites for UGA pharmacy students there, John, who is anattorney with the firm Reynolds Horne & Survant in Macon, GA . He and hiswife, Caroline have 3 daughters, Libba (born 1/23/08), Mary Margaret (born 11/16/10) and Isabelle (born 12/11/12) and Ridley, who is married toJeffrey Baird and lives in Marietta. She works for HPI direct in theproduct development and design department. Helene and her husband and all three of their children attended the Univ ersity of Georgia and are avid"bulldawg" fans!!
Helene is a member of the Tiftarea and Crisparea Boards of Realtors andworks in both areas. She has a home on Lake Blackshear and loves to helpfind lake properties for customers and clients there."I love people and I love working with them to assist t hem in buying andselling their properties! I like to treat my clients and customers like Iwould want to be treated. A satisfied customer is the best reward!"Helene would love to help you with any of your real estate needs.