Atlas now licensed in N.C.

Atlas Real Estate Advisors is now licensed to perform commercial real estate brokerage in the state of North Carolina.  To serve our clients growing needs, Atlas now holds a brokers license in GA, SC, NC and is actively pursuing licenses in other southeastern states.

Please review us on Google…

If you’ve used Atlas Real Estate Advisors or any of the associates and were satisfied with the service received, would you please take just a second to give us a 5-star review on Google:  It’s easy to do – just click here:

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Kyle Nelson joins Atlas Real Estate Advisors in commercial role…

Atlas is pleased to announce the addition of Kyle Nelson to the team. Kyle will serve as a commercial real estate specialist focused on Athens GA and the southeast. In addition to brokerage, Kyle is uniquely positioned to assist clients with development and project management. 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. He also has previous experience in multifamily development in Northeast Florida and the West Cost, and he 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.


Atlas Announces St. Simons Cottage Development …


Enjoy Life Just A Stones Throw From The Beach

Atlas Real Estate Advisors, with TerraCap LLC and Allison Ramsey Architects, is excited to introduce “Stones Throw Cottages”, a quaint six-unit townhome community with extraordinary features and an entry cost in the low $300,000’s. The cottages will come standard with hardwood floors, granite countertops throughout the kitchens and bathrooms, custom cabinetry, 9’ ceilings on the main level, stainless steel appliances, garages and much more. And, best of all, the location is unbeatable … sandwiched in-between Beachview Drive and Ocean Boulevard.  Your toes will be in the sand within a “Stones Throw” of your new vacation cottage.

St. Simons Island, one of Georgia’s renowned Golden Isles, is known for world famous beaches, golfing, fishing, and entertainment.  Modern day St. Simons remains a favorite getaway spot for many, with something for everyone— boutique shops and world class restaurants, lazy beach living, or sports and recreation … it’s all here on the Georgia coast.


Builder Bio

TerraCap, LLC is partnering with Ed Mecchella as our Saint Simons Island contractor for Stone’s Throw Cottages. Ed has over 25 years experience on Saint Simons Island building traditional island-style cottages. Ed takes great pride in meeting clients needs during the entire construction process.

Architect Info

Allison Ramsey Architects is a talented and energetic team of designers with diverse experience and expertise. The foundation of the firm is a set of guiding principles with a focus on customer service, a collaborative approach to design and architectural philosophy. Based on this philosophy, each project is the result of a true team effort between architect, builder and most importantly, the client. Allison Ramsey Architects provides a wide range of services from design concepts to construction.



For a complete marketing kit, with pre-construction contract terms, renderings, floorplans, pricing and more, please contact:

Adam Swann
Atlas Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Office: 706-534-0385
Cell: 706-614-1977

*** 3 out of 6 are UNDER CONTRACT already (before we even released marketing information), so contact us quickly if interested.  ***

David Dwyer on WGAU 1340 AM – Listen Here

David Dwyer, managing director of Atlas Real Estate Advisors, was recently featured on the “News Maker Monday” show with Tim Bryant on WGAU 1340 AM.  You can listen to the interview here:  (this link is to the entire show – fast forward to the 12:50 mark for the beginning of the interview with David).


Atlas Real Estate Advisors named # 74 fastest growing business owned by UGA alumni

bulldog100ATHENS, Ga.– Atlas Real Estate Advisors, based in Athens, GA, was recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2014 Bulldog 100 Celebration on January 25 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.

Atlas Real Estate Advisors, owned by Matt Thomas (BBA, 2000) and Chris Blackmon (BBA, 1999), specializes in real estate investment and consulting, offering services for clients with real estate needs beyond the scope of traditional brokerage.

“This acknowledgement has very significant meaning to us.   We’ve worked to position ourselves as leaders in the field of real estate in Athens and across Georgia, and we’ve seen tangible evidence through our enormous workload and the number of projects we’re asked to handle.  Maybe it’s because we are all UGA guys and have a culture of excellence instilled within us, but we buy into a goal of constant improvement and differentiation. This formal recognition of success, being named to the Bulldog100 list, gives us a renewed momentum headed into 2014”, Thomas said.

The Bulldog 100, coordinated by the University of Georgia Alumni Association, recognizes the 100 fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. For the fifth year in a row, Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors partnered with the UGA Alumni Association to review financial records for each nominated business and determine the ranked list.

Nominations for the 2014 Bulldog 100 were accepted between January and May 2013. To be considered for the list, each organization must have been in business for at least five years, experienced revenues in excess of $100,000 for the calendar year 2010, and be owned or operated by a former UGA student who owns at least 50 percent of the company or be the CEO, president or managing partner. The Bulldog 100 recognizes the fastest growing businesses regardless of size by focusing on a three-year compounded annual growth rate.

More than 800 nominations were received for the 2014 Bulldog 100. The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including advertising, staffing, real estate, pest control and mixed martial arts. Companies as far west as Texas and Kansas, and as far northeast as New Jersey, made the list this year.

The 2014 Bulldog 100 Celebration recognized the 100 businesses and 139 alumni who lead those companies on January 25 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. The evening began with a reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. founder, 1961 UGA graduate and hall of fame quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, served as the keynote speaker.

The 2014 fastest growing business was Social Empowerment Center, founded and owned by UGA graduates and husband and wife duo, Rachelle and Edward Hutchinson. Located in Lawrenceville, Ga., Social Empowerment Center was established in 2012 and offers support to families in crisis, including mental health and indigent services. This was the company’s first appearance on the Bulldog 100. Rachelle D. Hutchinson, a 2000 graduate of UGA’s School of Social Work, is the first minority and the first female business owner to lead the No. 1 company since the program began in 2010.

“The UGA Alumni Association is pleased to have hosted another successful Bulldog 100 Celebration as the program celebrates its fifth year recognizing top alumni business leaders,” UGA Executive Director of Alumni Relations Deborah Dietzler said. “This is always a well-attended event and the competition to make the Bulldog 100 list each year continues to grow.”

Atlas Featured in Athens Banner Herald as Bulldog100 Recipient


The Difference Between a real estate Broker and an Advisor

We are frequently asked what makes Atlas Real Estate Advisors different than a “normal” real estate brokerage. In one sentence, the answer is that we offer services outside the scope of buyer/seller representation in a real estate sales transaction.  

Good advice is hard to come by for investors with complex real estate questions, but traditional real estate brokers get paid a commission as a percentage of the sales price only if a buy/sale transaction takes place; but, who helps when you need professional assistance with appealing a property tax assessment, selecting a site for your new business, preparing a development/project proforma, negotiating financing terms with a lender, restructuring a portfolio to maximize return, etc?  These are just a few examples where Atlas fills this void by offering professional consulting services on a fee-basis, in addition to traditional brokerage.  

With over 50 years of combined experience in every product class, 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 creating value far beyond what is achievable absent Atlas involvement in the operation, development, or transaction of real estate. Our principals bring the experience of institutional discipline and entrepreneurial thinking together to provide solutions that other traditional brokerages do not offer.

Property Management Is Complicated

Property management services are ideal for out-of-state owners or large investors; however, the value of a property management service is not contingent upon the size or location of your real estate portfolio.  You can add value to your investment by hiring a property manager if you have 1 or 1000 rental units and if you live next-door or hundreds of miles away.  Here are a few reasons why:

1.   Local laws are complicated

Becoming a property owner and leasing a unit opens the door for many legal concerns. The housing industry is one of the most regulated. A property manager eats, breathes, and lives local ordinances and will assist in protecting you and your asset(s) against legal issues. Knowing local, state and federal fair housing laws is a must.

2.   Real estate is not your primary business

Most property owners have a family they like to spend time with and a primary job that is not real estate.  It is not a pleasant experience to be disrupted during your work-day or woken up at 2am when there is a leak or a tenant gets locked out of their home. Good property management firms have 24-hour emergency service so that you don’t have to deal with this problem and others like it.

3.   Reliable contractors are hard to find

Property managers with experience have an established list of preferred vendors and get better rates and response time on maintenance calls than an individual.  This is due to the amount of business they provide the contractors and the fact that they’ve spent years identifying reputable and reliable vendors with the best prices.  .

4.   There’s more to it than collecting rent and paying the mortgage

Property management firms have access to market trends and comps that allow them to achieve the maximum monthly income for the owner. But, many owners of investment property forget to budget for tenant turnover, eventual replacement of mechanical systems, potential increases in HOA dues/taxes and other miscellaneous expenses that impact the bottom-line.  As professionals, experienced property managers can help you project the long-term viability of your investment over time and plan accordingly.

If you have questions about property management or would like to discuss management of your residential or commercial real estate investment(s), please call our sister company, Rent Athens LLC, at 706-389-1700 or email us at anytime.