Engel & Völkers Expands Presence into the North Georgia Mountains

March 17, 2023

Under the leadership of top Atlanta broker, the global luxury brand strengthens its presence in key area market

Engel & Völkers announced today its expansion into North Georgia with its new brokerage, Engel & Völkers North Georgia Mountains. Under the helm of Atlanta’s leading luxury broker and CEO of Engel & Völkers Atlanta, Christa Huffstickler, alongside North Georgia’s top producing advisors, Heather Foreman and Linda Baker, as the firm’s managing brokers, the new brokerage will now offer Engel & Völkers’ residential real estate services in the mountain-based region.

“Over the last few years, we have seen a migration to the North Georgia market because of its serene mountain environment and proximity to metro Atlanta,” said Huffstickler. “With the addition of this shop—associated with our brand of international real estate powerhouses—we are thrilled to continue to push the envelope with a team of experts who will elevate our suite of offerings in Atlanta and new, surrounding markets. As part of a global company, we are ready to double down on dominating the residential real estate market locally and beyond. 

“Christa is a remarkable professional and greatly respected within our global Engel & Völkers network and the industry as a whole,” said Anthony Hitt, president and CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas. “Her ability to attract exceptional talent who provide the utmost service and strategy to clients continues to propel her and her business as one of the industry’s top performers.”

With over 20 years of combined experience in the luxury residential real estate industry in North Georgia, Foresman, and Baker will lead the team of advisors under Engel & Völkers. Having closed over $163M in North Georgia-based sales volume, the real estate shop will leverage its access to the Engel & Völkers global network and next-generation marketing tools to provide in-depth market expertise for areas including Blue Ridge, Blairsville, and Ellijay.

“As a long-time resident of Blue Ridge, I understand the intricacies of its market and the need to preserve the serene, quaint lifestyle the region is known for,” said Baker. “I’m thrilled to provide our clients with the boutique service they have come to expect, now complemented by Engel & Völkers’ sophisticated sales and marketing platform, to help them find the right solution for their home buying and selling needs.” 

Engel & Völkers North Georgia Mountains is currently operating out of Blue Ridge, with a physical location to open by 2024. The brokerage includes Lucy Smalls, owner and founder of State and Season, North Georgia’s only retail and design showroom offering turnkey solutions for residential, commercial, and public projects; top producer, Michael Kochie; and the leading real estate team of Linda Baker and Heather Foresman, who now rank fifth regionally in per agent volume.

In 2022 alone, Engel & Völkers Atlanta was enlisted to manage the sale of Chick-fil-A, Inc. founder S. Truett Cathy’s  The Rock Ranch in Upson County. Steve and Marjorie Harvey acquired the property in May 2022, a $7 million sale, to establish the Legacy Ranch as a part of their foundation. In addition, over 35% of the firm’s advisors increased their business compared to 2021 and were enlisted to lead the sales and marketing of three new communities, including Grant Place, Seven88 West Midtown, and Downing Park. Throughout 2022, the firm celebrated 27 record-breaking sales and was named the top brokerage for all new construction sales and new construction condominium sales. Engel & Völkers Atlanta will capitalize on the addition of its new shop location Engel & Völkers North Georgia Mountains to extend the reach of its luxury services and continue its position as one of the region’s fastest-growing residential brokerage firms.

To learn more about Engel & Völkers North Georgia Mountains, please visit https://northgeorgiamountains.evrealestate.com/.

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