“I flourish in small group settings and appreciate getting to know my clients personally.”
I grew up in a town of 600 people in northern Michigan. It’s the same town my parents and grandparents were raised in, and where the majority of my family still reside.
By the time I was 19 I was done with the cold weather, so I packed up and moved to Orlando. In 1994 I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business.
Financially independent since my teenage years, I held a variety of jobs in high school and college ranging from delivering furniture to inspecting cars at the world’s largest auto auction. Always wanting to learn more I also attended bartending school, travel agency school and obtained my real estate license in 1998.
In 2002 I made the move to Atlanta where I immediately went to work for a boutique real estate office in Midtown. Jumping into real estate in a new city was a challenge, but I proceeded to learn the city and build a list of wonderful clients. In 2012 Darcy Watts convinced me to consider Keller Williams, and I later joined in September of that year.
Being a seasoned professional in real estate with more than 20 years of experience, I find it hugely beneficial to be part of this team. I’m not out there on my own…I’ve got comradery, top agents to bounce ideas off, specialized team members that are experts in their niche, a group of people working towards the same goal, and a culture where the team cares about each other’s successes.
I pride myself on building relationships and taking care of my clients so that they continue to see me as their long-term real estate partner and friend.
When I’m not working, I’m still looking at houses. I spend my spare time browsing real estate in other countries, gardening and maintaining my beehives, and traveling.
I’m thrilled to bring my experience and the team that’s behind me to my clients. Being from a place that I’d routinely get snowed in, sometimes for weeks at a time, having a home that fits me is extremely important, and I find pleasure in bringing that same sense of security to my clients.
“Our process had a few snags but were due to the buyer’s side. Joel and Donna took care of things on our side (sellers) and kept us informed about the process. This is our second time using RPM [Home Advisors]. We will use them in the future when we are ready to buy or sell.”
– A. Sekellick
“Had a fantastic and smooth home selling experience. Joel Madden and Darcy Watts were terrific – super diligent and super responsive. An overall 5-star service, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to sell a property.”
“Joel, Darcy, and team guided us through selling our home of 33 years. This was the first home we ever sold. They connected us with other KW realtors out of town where we were buying our next primary residence and coordinated with them so that the purchase and sale happened in a manner that worked with OUR timeline. From the time of placing an offer on our purchase home and listing our selling home to the day of successfully closing on both properties was 6.5 weeks. During this time we were packing up a lifetime of memories and keeping our sale home in top condition. I do not see how the process could have gone any faster. They kept us focused on all the important details and provided clarity for any “crisis” that arose during the process communicating with us every step of the way.”
“Joel and his team are awesome! I had such a great experience with selling my home. He is very knowledgeable and it’s clear that he has been in the business for a while because he knows all the ins and outs. Joel was always there when I needed him and managed to get our place under contract in less than a week. He, Darcy, and Donna made the process of selling my home so smooth that we used him again but this time on the purchase of a home. Joel was in our corner the whole time and I would strongly recommend him to anyone that is looking to buy or sell.”
“Joel and his team, especially Darcy, were an absolute pleasure to work with during the process of selling my first home. Joel was incredibly responsive and knowledgeable and kept me thoroughly updated throughout the sale of my condo. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. They went above and beyond my expectations to sell my condo so quickly. I highly recommend Joel and his team!”