Shirley Gary with Engel & Völkers

Shirley Gary, licensed partner and CEO of Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta and Atlanta North Fulton, is in studio for today’s episode of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio. Joined by co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick, Gary discusses her process at Engel & Völkers, as well as the several communities and builders she represents.

Gary, an Atlanta native has been in real estate for over 30 years with a strong focus on new construction. She started her career working directly with builders for 20 years, before branching off and purchasing an Engel & Völkers franchise about six years ago. She started with the first market in Buckhead Atlanta and helped it grow from an 800 square foot state to a 5,000 square foot state. Gary also opened a second Atlanta location in North Fulton. Between the two locations, the company has about 110 advisors.

Shirley Gary with Engel & Völkers

One Engel & Völkers builder, Rockhaven, has 12 communities currently open and plans to open five more this year. These single-family homes range in price from the high $100,000s to the low $300,000s, targeting the first time homebuyer market. Even with several outside factors playing into the market regarding coronavirus, Rockhaven homes are selling fast. This builder has not seen a slowdown in homebuyers. To see more homes by Rockhaven, visit

“I think with the interest rates being what they are, regardless of the current environment, if you are able to get into a new home, first time homebuyers need to take advantage of that opportunity,” said Gary. “This is such an affordable time to buy.”

Jim Chapman Communities, another Engel & Völkers builder is currently working on several active adult communities. Like several other builders concerned with the safety of their buyers, Jim Chapman Communities is switching to appointment only. Make sure to go to to explore a few of their several metro Atlanta communities before calling to schedule a personal one-on-one tour.

“We try to be that expert and be that partner for builders,” said Gary “With our depth of experience and the number of people we have on site that also have experience in new homes; we know we bring the right people and the right team to help builders.”

One thing that sets Engel & Völkers apart, is when they bring in a marketing team, they set up long term relationships. In addition to external partners and resources, the company also has long relationships with builders. Some builders started with Engel & Völkers when they were creating their first homes and remain with them today after 500 homes. The experience level and partnership of Engel & Völkers is unique and highly sought-after.

One contributor to the success of Engel & Völkers is their preferred partner New American Funding. Like Engel & Völkers, New American Funding has several highly-trained, resourceful and personal staff to help make them successful. Gary needed a lender that helped with problems instead of making them, working to create solutions and answers. This, in addition to the several years of experience they have with builders in the Atlanta market is one of the many reasons Engel & Völkers decided to partner with the experts at New American Funding.

To learn more, reach out to Shirley Gary at or 404-213-4299. Gary prides herself on always having an open door policy and returning all emails and phone calls the very next day. Also, be sure to listen to the full interview linked above.

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Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee, License #22564. NMLS ID #6606. Subject to borrower and property qualifications. Not all applicants will qualify. New American Funding and Engel & Völkers are not associated. Click here to view the terms and conditions of products mentioned during the show. Corporate office 14511 Myford Rd., Suite 100, Tustin, CA 92780. Phone: (800) 450-2010. (April/2020)

New American Funding is a family-owned mortgage lender with a servicing portfolio of over 123,000 loans for $30.4 billion, 198 branches, and about 3,100 employees. The company offers several niche loan products and has made Inc. 5000’s list of Fastest-Growing Companies in America six times. It has a state-of-the-art career training facility and develops innovative technology, including the GoGo LO mobile application. For more information, visit

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