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Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate is pleased to announce the addition of Ben Northrop to their team as a licensed Realtor. Prior to moving to Lake Oconee, Ben spent many years representing clients in luxury real estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Originally from San Francisco, Ben lived in Manhattan for 25 years, and travelled to the Far East while working as an executive in the fashion industry. He moved to Florida and worked on the development of a major regional restaurant group, and was involved in the sale of the company. Ben spent over eight years helping real estate clients in the Palm Beach area. “I spent over 40 years of my career making a distinctive difference by consistently delivering a high level of service,” stated Ben.

Ben fell in love with Lake Oconee when he and wife, Beth, visited in early 2019, and moved to the area full time last year. An avid golfer and fisherman, Ben enjoys the lake and the variety of first class golf and amenities that the community offers. He starts his day with an early morning swim at the Lake Club.

Ben and Beth are active members of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church. Beth recently retired after a long and successful career specializing in interior design. Ben believes in giving back and a staple of his community work includes serving as the Board Chairman of Alliance for Kids, a nonprofit organization designed to provide innovative programs and resources to enhance healthcare specialist services for hospitalized children and their families.

“We are excited to have Ben on our team. He is an experienced real estate professional and will be a great addition as we continue our commitment to provide luxury service to our clients,” said Ted Baker, Managing Broker.

Ben and Beth have three children, two in Florida and one in California, two grandchildren (4 and 6), and a White German Shepherd fur baby.

Luxury Lake Oconee is a full service real estate group of professional, knowledgeable and experienced realtors committed to helping clients navigate any size transaction in residential and commercial real estate. The firm consistently seeks to raise the bar in customer satisfaction. Luxury Lake Oconee was launched by Ted and Riezl Baker in January 2020 and had an impressive year closing over $80 million in sales. The brokerage has received numerous awards including “Experts in Vacation and Second Homes” by The Atlantan, “Leading Luxury Real Estate Professional,” by Modern Luxury and was recently awarded affiliation with The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. For more information, contact Ted Baker at (706) 340-5554.

 

 

Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate was recently awarded affiliate status in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and its luxury marketing division, Luxury Portfolio International. “All selected companies are vetted, not just for performance, but a continued commitment to quality customer experience,” said Ted Baker, Managing Broker/Founding Principal.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) is a global real estate community comprised of 550 real estate companies awarded membership based on rigorous standards for service and performance. With 4,600 offices and 135,000 sales associates in 70 countries, these firms represent 1.1 million global transactions annually.

 

This distinction ensures that Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate clients are working with exceptional local professionals who also deliver connections to buyers and quality real estate companies across the country and around the world. The company also benefits from LeadingRE’s industry-leading national and international referral network, professional marketing resources and more.

 

Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate also earned membership in Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI), an exclusive group of LeadingRE firms that hold significant luxury market share and demonstrate a commitment to the high-end. LPI attracts a global audience of visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month and markets approximately 50,000 luxury homes annually.

 

Based in the United States, LPI is backed by the experience of the most well respected and renowned experts in luxury real estate in markets worldwide. This group collectively has wide spans of experience in the high-end luxury real estate market.

 

Ted Baker notes that selection as a member of LeadingRE and LPI represents another step in the firm’s growth and its strength in the market.

 

“Luxury Lake Oconee is thrilled about joining LeadingRE and LPI. Being a member of this prestigious organization gives us national and global exposure as a top local agency and will contribute to the company’s success in the coming years,” said Baker.

 

“We are delighted to have Luxury Lake Oconee as part of our distinguished network of premier brokerages. The company has an impeccable reputation in Lake Oconee and Georgia, and we are committed to helping the firm achieve even greater success,” said Paul Boomsma, President and CEO of LeadingRE.

 

Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate is a full service real estate group of experienced, knowledgeable, local Realtors committed to helping clients navigate any size transaction in residential and commercial real estate. With years of combined experience in Lake Oconee real estate, a strong network in the community and an extensive marketing plan, the firm consistently seeks to raise the bar in customer satisfaction. Luxury Lake Oconee was launched in January 2020 by Ted and Riezl Baker and had a very impressive first year with over 100 sold and closed transactions- a remarkable accomplishment for a small group of three active licensed agents and two staff members. The group continues the momentum this year and has closed over 45 transactions amounting to over $50 million from January- May.

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.

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.