Our Company


Atlas Real Estate Advisors is a full-service real estate firm covering all areas of the Southeastern United States. Our clients are those who own, use, develop or provide financing for real estate. Atlas’ goal is the maximization of value in its clients’ properties, creating value far beyond what is achievable absent Atlas involvement in the operation, development, or transaction of real estate.

Initially, Atlas seeks to identify and understand a client’s goals and objectives. From there, we develop formalized and disciplined strategy to achieve those goals. We use our experience, skills, relationships, and knowledge to the benefit of our clients.  Atlas’ goal is the maximization of value in its clients’ properties, creating value far beyond what is achievable absent Atlas’ involvement in the operation, development, or transaction of real estate. Atlas’ principals bring the experience of institutional discipline and entrepreneurial thinking together to create real estate owner and user strategies regardless of the point in the cycle. Their work frees time resources for its clients and adds value to its clients’ investments. Atlas’ strengths lie in the network and experience of its principals. With over 50 years of experience in every product class throughout the region, Atlas stands ready to bring discipline and value to your ownership today.

chris Chris Blackmon
Chris graduated from the University of Georgia with a major in international business with a real estate focus and a minor in Japanese. Upon graduation, he worked at the Center for Study Abroad in Kobe, Japan before returning to start his Athens, GA real estate career concentrating on commercial properties.  He has previously co-chaired the Business Neighborhood Alliance with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and served as the commercial representative for the Agent Advisory Council. He currently serves as a member of the Athens Donwtown Development Authority.
matt Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas graduated from the University of Georgia in 2000 and immediately delved into the real estate arena, first in Atlanta and then in Athens and the northeast Georgia area.  In 2003 and 2004, he was in the top 10% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. In 2004, he was named ‘Athens Best Realtor’ by the Athens Banner-Herald’s Readers Choice Awards, and in 2005 and 2006, Thomas was in the top 3% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. In 2007, Matt co-founded Atlas Real Estate Advisors. In addition to his managing his business, Matt is also involved in multiple Athens-area charitable and civic organizations.
colby Colby Smith
Colby graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources Management. He has more than ten years of experience working in the hospitality industry, ranging from casual dining to five star resorts.  In 2008, Colby decided to apply his vast customer service experience to the real estate profession in Athens, GA . After four years in the property management business in Athens, Colby joined Atlas Real Estate Advisors in 2011, where he specializes in residential investments.
kyle Kyle Nelson
Kyle joined the Atlas Real Estate Advisors team in 2016 as a commercial real estate specialist focused on Athens GA and the southeast. Prior to Atlas Kyle was with CB Richard Ellis in the position of US Client Director. In this capacity, Kyle was dedicated to a multinational financial institution where he and his team delivered project management services in the construction and development field. Prior to CB Richard Ellis, Kyle was active in the multifamily development business in Northeast Florida and the West Cost. Additionally, Kyle formally ran the Atlanta division of a boutique general contracting business that served the Southeastern United State. Kyle holds both his undergraduate and post graduate degrees from the University of Georgia and has recently moved back to the Athens area with his wife and two children.


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