Who is The Vining Group?
The Vining Group consists of professional, full-time Realtors and support staff dedicated to delivering the highest level of service to our clients. As leaders in the Lake Oconee real estate market since 2003, The Vining Group rises above their competition with their knowledge, their experience and by actively adapting to our ever-changing real estate environment. Their happily returning and referring clients are a testament to their dedication and to the results they achieve.
A few of The Vining Group’s recent accolades include: Earning membership into the International Diamond Society for 2012. They were voted by the Lake Oconee community as The Best in Real Estate in 2013. In 2014, they were recognized as one of the top ranked Keller Williams agents in the Southeast region. In 2015, The Vining Group received the Top 10 Shooting Star award at the Keller Williams National Convention in Orlando. They were ranked as #1 among all KW teams in the Southeast for June 2015 based on GCI.
They have also earned the coveted membership into KW Luxury Homes International, which is an exclusive and elite group of real estate consultants who raise the bar in service for the upper-tier home market. As part of the top 2%, they are granted access to a powerful network and high-end marketing support to reach the affluent Buyer for your luxury home.
Meet the Team:
Jonathan has been in professional sales for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge in construction and land development. He is highly experienced in the sale of luxury lake and golf course homes. He received his B.S. in Urban Development from GSU in 1997. Always active in our community, Jonathan served as the 2012 President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors and chaired and served on the MLS Committee Board for several years. Jonathan currently serves on the Greene County Planning and Zoning Committee, representing District 4, and serves as Chairman of Planning and Zoning for Citizens Involvement Committee (CIC).
Alyce is a native of the Lake Oconee area. Prior to real estate, she worked in the dynamic software industry as Project Manager on various Pharmaceutical account teams, such as Wyeth and Roche. Her projects encompassed multi-million dollar purchasing contracts and managing international product distribution. She received her B.S. in Consumer Sciences from UGA in 1996. Alyce is also a registered GA Real Estate Appraiser. She and Jonathan have a son who is a student at Lake Oconee Academy, where Alyce served as the 2012 President of the Parents' Association and coached basketball.
Steve Hepler, Buyer Specialist, is committed to all aspects of serving our clients. Prior to real estate, Steve spent over 35 years in sales, marketing and management in the consumer-packaged industry with worldwide corporations, such as Gillette. He and his wife, Hollie (a 25+ year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry), relocated to Reynolds Lake Oconee from Atlanta to enjoy the lifestyle and to immerse themselves into this wonderful community. Steve is passionate about people and real estate and bringing these two together.
Adam Caldwell, Buyer Specialist, joined The Vining Group from the fast-paced Atlanta real estate market. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he was also a participant on their baseball team. Post college, Adam spent several years as a sales representative, with State Farm which led him into the real estate industry. Adam’s commitment to our Clients and overall knowledge of the lake area have made his partnership with The Vining Group a win-win for the team and our Clients.
Carol Heppner, Buyer Specialist, has spent over 30 years in technology sales and management for Nortel and Siemens. She has her B.A. from Davidson College. Carol and her husband, Kevin, moved to Lake Oconee from Sandy Springs in 2011. Their daughter, Lily is a freshman at LOA where Carol is an assistant coach for the LOA girls’ basketball program.
Robin Randall, Office Manager, is a 1994 graduate of The University of Georgia and obtained her real estate license in 1996. Robin has years of real estate office experience. She has also taught several technology classes. Her organizational and management skills keep our office running smoothly. Robin, along with her husband, Travis and 2 daughters live in Apalachee Woods on Lake Oconee.
Maribeth Krawczyk, Lead Generator/Project Manager, brings extensive experience in marketing, procurement and project management with Georgia-Pacific. She is adept in managing resources, budgets and timelines with a focus on outstanding results. She and her husband, Richard, recently relocated to the lake area from Johns Creek.
Pamela Skinner, Marketing and Internet Coordinator, has nearly 6 years experience in the real estate industry. She is a 2007 graduate of GCSU, receiving her B.B.A. in Marketing and obtained her real estate license in the same year. Her education, experience and attention to detail are the ideal characteristics for her position in The Vining Group.
Jackson Strickland, Intern, Special projects. Attends LOA and participates in the work/study program.
When working with Sellers, The Vining Group devises a proven and aggressive plan to sell their clients’ property, which includes education on current market conditions, appropriate pricing, heavy market exposure and networking through their ever-growing database of Buyers and top producing Agents. They understand that yesterday’s approach to selling real estate has changed in today’s technology based environment and are always on the cutting edge. They maintain open and honest communication with all of their clients and provide reports to measure the success of their marketing. When presented with an offer, their expert negotiating skills put their clients’ interests forward and help them receive top dollar for their property.
When working with Buyers, The Vining Group works tirelessly to find their clients' ideal property-- searching each and every local community. Though finding the perfect property is paramount, it is only a singular element of the value which they bring to the table. They assist their clients step-by-step from offer, through due diligence, and to the close of the transaction. They also offer post-closing services to help their clients get settled in their new home and community.
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Once again, Jonathan and Alyce were awarded and remain the #1Top Producing Agents in the Top Producing Real Estate firm in the Lake Country MLS, with 37 transactions, totaling nearly $12 million in sales, in 2012.
Member of Keller Williams Luxury Homes International
Ranked as #1 Team in KW Southeast Region for June 2015 based on GCI
Top Ten Shooting Star Award at KW National Convention 2015
Voted by Lake Oconee community as Best in Real Estate in 2013
2012 President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors
Member of the MLS Committee Board 2012
International Diamond Society Member 2012
Lifetime Members of the LCBOR Million Dollar Club
|Jonathan and Alyce provided excellent service through extensive marketing tools, professional advice on pricing and an optimistic approach to the sale of our lake house. They provided excellent advice on improvements to make before we listed the house. They had a reliable list of service providers to make the improvements. They were always prompt to return calls and keep us update on any activity. They were able to secure an offer on our house within days and they completed the negotiation with success.|
|Jonathan listed and sold my lake house in 22 days. He helped me price it right and didn't make me spend a lot of time and money fixing it up beforehand. The closing process was a breeze. Jonathan was always available if I needed him - even when he was traveling. Highly recommend him!|
|Mike & Patricia Murphy|
|After reading about Jonathan's accomplishments, we decided to use him to help us find a Condo in the Greensboro area. Our decision to use him turned out to be an excellent one. We are now proud owners of a nice condo, and are using Jonathan to help us sell our vacant lot. We couldn't be more pleased with his help!|
|Alyce and Jonathan are fabulous. They sold us our home in July and we could not be happier. They are professional yet take a personal interest in what you are looking for so they can match you to the perfect house. They are always available to answer questions or address issues you might have. I would certainly recommend them to anyone buying or selling a home.|
|I was very pleased with the whole buying experience. I had not bought a new house in 32 years and Alyce made the whole process very smooth and easy. She worked hard to send me listings and even found a special one which we ended up buying and we can't get enough of. Thank you again Alyce for all your help!|
|Jonathan and Alyce are true professionals from start to finish. If you're looking for property in the Lake Oconee area, look no further for an agent. These are the folks to call! They know the market and worked hard to find us the perfect home. We highly recommend the Vinings.|
|This is the second time we have done business with Alyce. The first time we were purchasing our condo and just recently she sold the condo. Alyce is a professional. She is timely when you meet with her. She returns phone calls and emails promptly. She gives you her honest opinion. Our condo sold in less than two months. The Vining Group does extensive marketing. The next time we need a realtor in the Eatonton/Greensboro area, we will be calling Alyce.|
|We have dealt with many realtors over the years and have never experienced the level of exemplary service that the team of Alyce and Jonathan have provided. Most often, we have seen realtors merely coming along for the ride. In their case, the level of professionalism, attention to details and intuitive approach to selling dynamics and sales process sets this team apart from the pack.|
|Jonathan helped my wife and I purchase a home in Reynolds Plantation. We found him to be very professional and very knowledgeable about the real estate market. He was quick to return phone calls, emails and text messages. He thoroughly researched the market and helped us negotiate the the best purchase price. This was the second time we used Jonathan for purchasing real estate and I highly recommend him to anyone considering purchasing or selling property in the Lake Oconee area.|
|James & Denise|
|We highly recommend Jonathan & Alyce Vining! They made the home buying process smooth and enjoyable. We love our new home on the lake. :)|
|Alyce and Jonathan are simply the best. We had no idea what we wanted other than a lake home. After repeated efforts, and unbelievable patience on Alyce and Jonathan's part, we were able to find the home that will allow us to enjoy the Lake Oconee area for years with our children and grand-children. If you want real estate professionals that take their job and your goals seriously this is the team for you. They are hyper responsive, have superior local knowledge, and to top it off made the experience enjoyable.|
|I was very pleased with the service Alyce Vining provided me on my fist home buying experience. She made it a breeze. I would recommend her to anyone. She's easy to get along with, honest, and does things in a timely manner.|
|Have used these two professionals twice in selling Lake Oconee properties. Responsive, personable, thorough. You could not find better agents to help you find or sell a home or lot.|
|Don & Jan Crawford|
|Alyce Vining might be the most patient real estate agent ever. We put her through a two month ordeal of showing us most of the houses at Lake Oconee. She educated us on values and locations and ultimately found us the house of our dreams. As a buyers agent, you could not do better.|
|We recently experienced working with Alyce in purchasing a second home on Lake Oconee. She had a tremendous knowledge of all of the real estate around the entire lake. Additionally, she understands the market when it comes to the value of the house and the lot. It was a great experience working with Alyce and we would highly recommend her to others.|
|Rob & Sally Bartlett|
|My husband and I were in the market for hunting land/homesite in the Lake Oconee, GA, area. We found the PERFECT tract of land... but Lake Oconee is 3 hours from our home! Jonathan did everything possible for us to view the land without actually being there. He took many pictures for us, and he had a DRONE HELICOPTER fly over to give us an aerial view! Jonathan was prompt with returning calls, and he did his due diligence in gathering information for us about taxes, conservations easements, neighboring properties, etc. My husband and I put our trust in Jonathan to secure and to close the deal for us. We are very grateful to have found Jonathan to help us broker our land deal. I will recommend him to family and friends looking for property in the Lake Oconee, GA area!|
|Jeff & Katie Holland|
|After having my house listed for four years, I listed my home with the John Vining, he gave me honest feedback on comps and what he felt was a fair market price. He was thorough with me on where my home would be listed, marketing he would put behind and only asked for a 3 month contract so that I could decide after that if I felt he was a good fit. My house sold and closed within 60 days of listing.|
|The Vinings' are wonderful! Easy to work with. They are very knowledgeable, accommodating, and work diligently to close the deal. I highly recommend Alyce and Jonathan Vining!!|
|What I like most about Jonathan and Alyce was their constant feedback on your property versus comparable property selling in your area. Easy to work with.|
|Pat & Judy Ray|
|We seriously hope you know how much we appreciate you!! Thanks for all your hard work! Pat and Judy Ray|
|Dear Jonathan & Alyce, I should have already written to you to thank you for all you did for us. You went well beyond what was required. I have already and still tell people that they can’t get a better realtor than you two are. I will also pass along your card when there is a sale needed. Thanks again! Lilla Welch|
|Grace & Ronald Cochran|
|Thank you so much for everything. We are so excited! We do appreciate everything you have done...We will be more than glad to recommend you to anyone interested in property around here. You've been wonderful. Thanks again so much. God bless, have a great day. Grace and Ronald Cochran|
|Bob & Rae Schirmer|
|Dear Alyce & Jonathan, We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for all your hard work in selling our home. The marketing was superb and you were so very helpful in always updating us and answering our questions. We both wish you both continued success in all your future endeavors. Best regards. Bob & Rae Schirmer|
|Susie & Joe Maiden|
|Spectacular Service!!! Thank you again for everything that you did for us! Hope all is great with you and you continue your success.|
|Wim & Jacinta Hogeweg|
|Dear Alyce and Jonathan, Thank you for all your help by selling our home in Georgia. Specially, Alyce, we want to thank you, and therefore the little Dutch gift. We want you to remember not only the stressful things! Sincerely yours, Wim and Jacinta|
|Ray and Patty Brinkman|
|We were more than pleased that Jonathan & Alyce are the finest realtors that we have ever purchased a home through. They represented the builder as well as us, and really looked out for our interest. I have never found someone to be as responsive as Jonathan & Alyce. It was refreshing to work with someone that did what they said they would and more. If you ever need to refer to this area, we would more than highly recommend them.|
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