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Written by Lindsey Moore

Ted and Riezl Baker were recently honored as “Experts in Second Homes and Vacation Properties” and “Most Philanthropic Agents” during an event held at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) hosted by Bentley, Interiors Atlanta Magazine and Modern Luxury Group. There were over 300 realtors nominated in different categories and winners were selected by an internal board and committee based on their qualifications.

The couple moved to Lake Oconee in 1997 and have been a part of the many positive changes in the area. “Our family is fortunate to serve alongside great leaders of our community and we are grateful for the chance to give back when called upon,” commented Ted, Managing Broker.  The Bakers founded the Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival in 2010 to benefit education. What started out as a small event held at a garden center has become a highly anticipated yearly event held at the Ritz-Carlton that is now enjoyed by hundreds of visitors and community members.

Riezl was part of the first foundation board that helped raise money to open the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in 2013. She served as Chair of the Foundation Board in 2018 and 2019. She also chaired the Heart and Soul Gala for three years at the Ritz-Carlton, one of the lake’s biggest fundraising event. Riezl believes in giving back to the industry she loves and served as President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors in 2016. Currently, she is a Board Director for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS).

Ted co-chaired the successful Lake Oconee Academy’s Capital Campaign that raised money for the new high school building. He currently serves as Chairman of the Greene County Voters and Registration Board. He is currently the President-Elect for the Lake Country Board of Realtors. He furthers his community work by volunteering to help in the youth program at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church.

For over 20 years, Ted and Riezl have built a strong reputation and a record of success in Lake Oconee real estate. The couple formed their brokerage, Luxury Lake Oconee this past January and continue to gain an upward momentum that they attribute to a strong marketing plan with a target of reaching a broader base of customers. They also give credit to their efficient and driven team. “We all bring our A-game every single day,” stated Riezl. “We put our clients’ interests first and believe that our job goes beyond identifying or selling a house. We also solve problems along the way and strive for successful transactions and great experience for everyone involved,” Riezl added.

“We are humbled to be recognized alongside some of the best Realtors in Atlanta,” stated Ted. Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate is a full-service brokerage dedicated to providing professional service to customers engaged in residential and commercial real estate. For more information, visit www.luxurylakeoconee.com.

 

 

Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate continues its upward trajectory with no signs of stopping. When Ted and Riezl Baker launched their brokerage in January of this year, no one could have known how the pandemic would change the world. The couple was determined to push through unprecedented times by creating a strategy to stay engaged with their customers while casting a wide net to market their properties. Today, they are seeing the results of their efforts with over $36 million in sold and pending properties for the first half of the year.

“The pandemic fueled a migration into our community,” said Ted Baker, Managing Broker and President-Elect for the local board of realtors. “Our team was determined to succeed by finding ways to provide superb service to our customers even during the most challenging times,” he added.

Susan Mason, one of the group’s clients can attest to this quality of service. “From the moment we engaged with the team, we received, among other things, knowledgeable, professional, and timely service. I cannot recall one occasion when we reached out for anything; the team proactively engaged with us to ensure all of our questions were answered. This not only happened pre-sale, it happened post sale,” she shared.

Ted also attributes the company’s positive momentum to a strong marketing plan, and an efficient team. He credits Riezl for innovative marketing with a target of reaching a broader base of customers, “Riezl is one of the most driven and creative people I know,” remarked Ted.
Mark Gibson, whose house sold in the midst of the pandemic after being on the market with another brokerage for over a year, was ecstatic that Luxury Lake Oconee sold it after three weeks. “The team puts you in the passenger seat as they drive the process, they have the map and know the way to get it done! Each member of the team is hyper focused on ensuring the process is seamless to busy professional lives and schedules. The marketing and communication plan is stellar and solid, results driven. I have bought and sold real estate over two dozen times in my military career and Luxury Lake Oconee team is second to none,” said Mark.

Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group believes that technology and marketing play a pivotal role in today’s real estate environment. “As the market, technology and the needs of our clients change, it is imperative that we evolve to serve the change,” stated Ted. “But nothing can replace dedicated, personal and professional service that we provide to our clients,” he added.

Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate prides itself for going above and beyond when they list properties, and that includes actively reaching buyers through their many platforms. “We serve our listings. We are usually present at showing appointments to help sell the property. We don’t just leave a lockbox at the front door and track access through our phones,” stated Riezl.

The migration to our community will continue and so will the demand for knowledgeable, local realtors. Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group offers over 40 years of combined real estate experience and a thorough knowledge of the inventory to assist buyers and sellers with their real estate needs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2020

Luxury Lake Oconee Welcomes New Member of Real Estate Team

Jennifer Vaughan

Luxury Lake Oconee is excited to announce the addition of our newest team member, Jennifer Vaughan. Jennifer and husband, Larry, have been residents of Reynolds Lake Oconee since 2010 with their three boys, Matthew (11), Jordan (9) and Brandon (6). Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Language Arts. Vaughan began her successful sales career in the information technology industry with software company Novell, and progressed to Motorola and Symbol Technologies. In 2006, Jennifer married Larry, and they began construction of their home at Lake Oconee.

Jennifer is actively involved in the community. The Vaughan family is a proud member of Lake Oconee Church. Larry and Jennifer are strong supporters of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital and Lake Oconee Academy. Jennifer serves as a Board Member of the Lake Oconee Academy Foundation. Jennifer has been involved in numerous fundraiser activities for the school including the Denim& Diamonds Committee, the LOA Capital Campaign Committee and Chairperson for the Tees for Titans Golf Tournament, a role she has held since 2015.

“Riezl and I have been friends with Jennifer and Larry for over ten years. After working with Jennifer on community projects over the years, I can tell you that Jennifer is a consummate professional. She has a strong work ethic and understands the value of hard work.” stated Ted Baker, managing broker of Luxury Lake Oconee. “The advantage I had while in sales was that I spent lots of time with the engineers learning everything I could about the products prior to taking them to market,” Jennifer explains. She looks forward to applying the same principles in her role as a Realtor by learning the inventory, understanding the goals of her clients and delivering superb service.

In recent years, we have welcomed a new generation of families who gave up the urban hustle for a better quality of life. Jennifer is well poised to welcome these families to Lake Oconee. Jennifer enjoys exercise, boating and golfing at Reynolds Lake Oconee or Cuscowilla, where she and her family are members. “We are fortunate to live on the lake, a stone’s throw away from the Ritz and major amenities. I pinch myself sometimes and remind my boys to be grateful. I am looking forward to introducing the community and our wonderful lifestyle to others,” said Jennifer. Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate is a full-service brokerage with over 40 years of combined experience serving buyers and sellers in Lake Oconee real estate.

For more information, call Ted Baker (706) 347-2625.