About Marshall Realty

James Marshall formed and opened Marshall Realty Company shortly after he graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in real estate in 1966.† At that time, he was among only a handful of real estate agents in the Athens / Oconee County area.† He was excited about the growth potential and was very familiar with Oconee County as James was born and raised there.† The Marshall roots run deep in this area, for Jamesís ancestors moved to Oconee County in 1790.

James had a vision that some say characterized him as a man ahead of his time.† He specialized in buying large tracts of land and cutting them up into smaller more affordable home sites or mini-farms.†† Traditional subdivisions as we know them today were uncommon in rural Oconee County at that time.† In the late sixties, he began developing neighborhoods all across the countryside of Oconee.† James not only cut roads and sold lots, but he also built houses.† He formulated the idea of a one-stop-shop where a buyer can select a lot and a house plan then have it custom built.† James was able to handle everything from start to finish since he owned both a real estate and construction company.†† This practice has worked well since first implemented and with hundreds of homes and dozens of neighborhoods built; the Marshallís continue to provide this same service to its customers today.

In the 1980s Jamesís son, Travis became a great asset to the company and continued in the success of his father.† He too graduated from UGA with a real estate degree.† Travis now heads the company and is in charge of day-by-day operations, proactively bringing the company into the next generation of home buying and customer satisfaction.† Marshall Realty is not only very active in developing new communities and constructing many homes each year† they† are also a full service broker for the Athens area realestate market for your buying or selling needs.

Recently Travisís cousin and Jamesís nephew Marty Brown joined the team as a supervisor of construction.† He brings a wealth of experience in home building that gives the Marshall Realty family team the advantage other companies do not have.†

Through the years, business, while good, has been challenging.† With the economy as it is and trying to keep up with customers desires, Marshall Realty is still active despite the fact other builders and realtors are long gone.† Marshall Realty has survived many down markets and recessions and now continues to meet our customersí needs for the greatest value and quality in homes.† Through all of this, Marshall Realty remains a business known for honest, reliable real estate transactions.††† With a solid past and successful record of accomplishment, James, with forty plus years in the business, now acts more as a mentor and leader. He still has a strong presence within the company and well respected in the community.

As we move into the future, Marshall Realty wants to be your choice for all your real estate needs in Oconee and surrounding counties.


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