Mike is a native of Atlanta, while Pam is a transplant from South Carolina. We met in Atlanta while Mike worked for a real estate company and Pam was a closing secretary at a law firm next door. We married three years later, in 1976.
The Atlanta area, Decatur for thirty-eight years, has long been our home. We have three daughters and four grandchildren and spend as much time as is possible with them all. We enjoy the beach, trips to our cabin in north Georgia, and having spend-the-night parties at our house or play-dates at the park. We love our family time.
In 1980, Mike bought an existing franchised real estate company, eventually owning four offices. In 2011, we made the decision to drop the franchises and continue as an independent real estate brokerage. Pam had been with a Decatur law firm since 1992, working as the firm’s administrator, but it was sold when the owner retired. In March, 2011, we purchased Realty Associates of Atlanta and have grown to 58 full-time agents, with two offices.
Mike continues to be active in real estate sales and property management, believing that being involved in sales on a daily basis keeps him more in touch with current real estate practices and systems. Pam runs the administrative side of the company from an ownership standpoint. Together, we believe we have built a brokerage that is as much a family as it is a positive, professional work environment, in which our agents can focus on real estate sales while the company provides them with systems and support to streamline their business.
Mike is in the office every day, working in our tech room, side-by-side with our agents, available to answer their questions and help solve their contract problems. Agents and employees are in and out of Pam’s office throughout the day, for her support, as well. We feel it is our responsibility as owners of Realty Associates to be available when needed.
We believe in our agents and employees and our goal is to help each of them succeed. Our vision is to be a local real estate company that is for and about full-time real estate agents and sales teams, recognized and respected by the Atlanta real estate community.