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SARAH GILLESPIE

A Proven Leader and One of Georgia’s Top Agents. She Delivers a Concierge-Level Real Estate Experience to Match Clients with Luxury Mountain Lifestyles Q: How long have you been working in Real Estate? SG: I have been a licensed REALTOR for over 15 years. I obtained my license in 2005 and worked in the Intown Atlanta market prior to relocating to the mountains of North Georgia where I grew up.  Q: Do you specialize in certain types of properties? SG: I specialize in selling luxury homes on Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, Seed Lake and Lake Yonah. I also sell mountain homes, large acre tracts, farms, local commercial and investment properties. Q: If we interviewed all your past clients … what is “one” common word that comes up when they describe working with you? SG: Knowledge. My clients trust that I am a go to source for both market knowledge and local connections/expertise. Whether they need to better understand recent sales data or if they want to discover a new hiking trail in the area, they know they can count on me to deliver sound guidance. Q: What are the ingredients that help you remain a top REALTOR® year after year? SG: For me, maintaining status as a top REALTOR® in Georgia means maintaining relationships with my clients that extend long after a closing. I consider my clients friends. A large part of my business is built on referrals from past clients. I also pride myself on offering honesty, integrity, and data-driven guidance so that my clients can make informed decisions about buying or selling a home. By being a local market expert, my clients know that they can turn to me for market guidance and local expertise. Q: Can you share with our audience what Buyers & Sellers can expect when they work with you? SG: I strive to provide every client with a luxury real estate experience. Since I work in a second home market, this also means going above and beyond the duties of a typical real estate transaction. I offer a concierge level of service assisting my clients with every aspect of buying, selling, renovating, building, or maintaining a home. In my opinion, everyone deserves the highest level of customer service no matter the price point.  Q: Why did you decide to relocate your life and career to North Georgia? SG: I was living and working in the corporate world on the West Coast for a couple of years. My time spent there opened my eyes to the future growth potential of the South-

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east and especially in small, rural towns within a couple of hours of Atlanta. My family has called the mountains of Rabun County home for over 200 years, so it was a natural transition to come ‘home’. I enjoy the deeply rooted sense of community, the beauty of our natural environment and the opportunities for our future growth. I feel inspired to help ensure our community grows sustainably while protecting our natural resources and local heritage. That takes vision, organization, and effort. I serve as a board member of The Chattooga Conservancy and City of Clayton Planning and Zoning. The old adage is true that you must be the change you want to see in the world! Q: What’s one lesson you’ve learned in your career that you can share with our audience? SG: I have learned that it’s wise to anticipate the unexpected, to embrace change, and to never count your chickens before they hatch! Q: What women inspire you and why? SG: I could name several famous women, but truly, I’m most inspired by women entrepreneurs. I’m even more impressed by women entrepreneurs who are also single/divorced mothers. These women are the ultimate multitaskers of the world! To manage a business, children, and a household successfully is no small feat. Q: What advice would you give to young women who are just starting their careers? SG: Be tenacious! Stand up for what you believe in even if you’re “going against the grain” of other people’s opinions. Follow your passions, be assertive and if there is something that you don’t have an answer for don’t be afraid to ask a knowledgeable person for guidance or advice.  Q: If you had ten million dollars, what would you do with it?  SG: I would assist my immediate family with paying off any debts and ensure their secure financial future. I would create a local foundation to help fund the protection of our local wild and agricultural lands. I would establish a fund to support female entrepreneurs who’s focus is to build and grow small, cottage businesses in our local community. Sarah Gillespie Harry Norman, REALTORS Luxury Lake and Mountain Mobile: 404.735.6157 Office: 706.212.0228 www.rabunhomes.com

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