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What is Group 3 Real Estate?

“Group3 Real Estate is a top-notch real estate firm that is native to Mount Airy, NC. Our team members all are experienced and committed to provide personal and professional real estate services in helping their clients through the complicated process of buying, selling or renting real estate.

Please contact any of the brokers at Group3 Real Estate, LLC by phone call, text, email, social media or in person so that we may provide assistance for your real estate needs. “Our clients do our bragging for us!”

A Trip through Northwest North Carolina And Southwest Virginia…

Travel north through the Piedmont’s Foothills of North Carolina along Highway 52 through Stokes County and you will see in the distance an ancient sentinel, the magnificent Pilot Mountain. This unique rock formation has risen above the rolling hills of northwestern North Carolina through the seasons, through the centuries, through the ages, a pilot, a landmark which has guided foot, horse-drawn, and motorized travelers alike over the years. Cross the Surry County line and on your left looms this quiet giant home to countless wildlife, flora, and fauna. Now a state park, this beautiful setting is available to all who wish to hike, bike, or drive up the mountain to take in the spectacular views of the surrounding counties of North Carolina below and a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachian Mountain Chain in the distance. On a clear day, one can make out the Blue Ridge Parkway which is shared by both North Carolina and Virginia.

A short few miles away up Highway 52 North along the Andy Griffith Parkway brings the traveler to another vista. As one continues on, the road rises and falls, eventually dramatically dipping downward and revealing a town nestled in a valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At dusk, the city’s lights glitter like diamond dust filling a bowl surrounded by purplish-blue mountains leaving a hint of an incredible sunset. Here lies the small city of Mount Airy, home to Andy Griffith, Donna Fargo, Betty Lynn and countless others who have made it their home. And now, hopefully, you.

Surry, Carroll and Patrick Counties offer so much more than its scenery of mountain views and recreation. It offers a way of life that so many, locals as well as those from out-of-state, have found to be the perfect place to call “home.”

This way of life begins with a feeling deep within; it transcends what the eye first sees. For each person it’s different. Perhaps it’s the friendliness of the people, its real sense of community, its diverse cultures, recreation, sporting events, less hustle and bustle, easy commutes to nearby cities, the fact that town is within driving distance to major universities and metropolitan areas. Whatever the attraction,it’s small town living at its best.

Mayberry awaits you...

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Let Group 3 Real Estate help you with with your real estate wishes in our friendly and beautiful region of North Carolina. Contact us to learn more, or meet our staff below.

Our Team

Vernon Luffman

Vernon Luffman

After retiring from the USAF as a police superintendent, Vernon was an owner/operator of the largest independently owned pest control company in Surry County for several years. Since 1996, Vernon has served Northwest NC and SW Virginia counties surrounding Surry County in all phases of the real estate industry. Over the past several years he has earned the following real estate designations: Graduate of the REALTOR Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and the National Association of REALTORS’ GREEN Designation, and Short Sales and Foreclosures (SFR).

His accomplishments include serving twice as the President of the Surry Regional Association of REALTORS and having been honored both in 2001 and 2010 as the SRAR REALTOR of the Year. Vernon has served on numerous appointed as elected committees and boards at the state level, including being a past Regional Vice-President.

Bill diPretoro

Bill diPretoro

As a licensed Real Estate Broker as well as a licensed General Contractor in North Carolina, Bill brings a somewhat unique and knowledgeable skill set to his real estate business to helps clients in beneficial ways. Whether you are a first time home buyer needing guidance, an investor looking for an opportunity or a seasoned home owner looking for ideas to improve the livability and/or marketability of your property, Bill can be a valuable resource.

Much of Bill’s focus is on Property Management. He offers his services to those who are no longer interested in or capable of that function with their own portfolio of properties. Whether you won one rental or dozens, Bill can make your life easier. He works with homeowners however they feel most comfortable. If that means as the owner you want to do the maintenance items as they come up, he will make you aware of the need. Or if you want Bill to call one of his many capable and experienced subcontractors to fix whatever the problem might be, he has that handled and response times are quick. Bill is a hard worker, very well organized and excellent to followthrough.

Bill was born in Virginia and is a single father of 3 grown children. He enjoys being outside whether it is skiing, golfing, hiking or doing yard work. He is an avid reader.

As a Broker with Group3 Real Estate, Bill can be reached in the office at 336-719-2999 or on his cell at 704-309-8544. billdipretoro@group3realestate.com

Julie Hodges

Julie Hodges

Mrs. Julie Hodges was born and raised in Surry County. She attended White Plains Elementary School, Beulah Elementary School, J. Sam Gentry Middle School and graduated from North Surry High School in 1998. Upon graduation, Mrs. Hodgesattended Meredith College and Surry Community College to obtain an Associate Degree in Arts. After obtaining an Associate’s degree from Surry Community College, she attended Lees-McCrae College to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Elementary Education. She attended Appalachian State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Reading in 2005.

She taught first grade at Copeland Elementary School for three years, first and third grade at Cedar Ridge Elementary School for ten years. She earned Cedar Ridge Teacher of the Year in 2005-2006 and earned National Board Certification in Literacy in 2008.
She received her License in Real Estate in March 2017. She is very excited to start this new career. She looks forward to meeting many new people and helping find the right home for her clients. She is married to Willie Hodges. They have one son, Kaymen, and one daughter, Katlyn. Her son attends Gentry and is in the 8th grade. Her daughter attends East Carolina University and is a Junior. Mrs. Hodges enjoys church, family time, readingand watching movies.

 

Amy Barnes Sparks

Amy Barnes Sparks

Amy shows integrity, energy and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction.  Amy has been a Surry County resident for over 18 years, having moved here from Charlotte, NC. She started her real estate career in 2005.  She has worked in many aspects of the industry representing seller, buyers and investors in both the residential and commercial market.  She was awarded BEST REALTOR Mountie Award in 2014 and 2015.

Amy is a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.  She has been married to Sean Sparks for 24 years and is the mother of 2 children, Will and Ann-Patterson. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.

Steve Yokeley

Steve Yokeley

One might best describe Steve as a “Man of Service”. He has dedicated his entire adult life to serving others. As a real estate professional, he has served on various committees on a local level, and is a past president of the Surry Regional Association of REALTORS. In his previous occupation as a general dentist, he was active on local, state, national and international levels of many dental organizations. He is a long-standing member of the Lions Club, a member of the Rotary Club, as well as a past deacon and elder in his church. He has served on countless community projects and charitable organizations. Most recently he has been a local elected official. He was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Public Service Award from the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.

Steve is married and has a daughter, son-in-law and grandson.

Piedmont and Foothills living has always attracted Steve. He is a native of Winston-Salem and two-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was an easy decision to return to his home area, in particular Surry County, once his military obligations were completed.

Steve began his professional career as a general dentist, first as an officer in the United States Navy, and then as a private practitioner in Surry County’s county seat, Dobson. His dental career lasted 33 years. Steve’s background as a dentist has served him well throughout his second career as a REALTOR. Professionalism, dedication, attention to details, knowledge, honesty, fairness and a caring manner are some of his attributes.

Steve has been an active member of the Surry Regional Association of REALTORS, as well as the NC and National Associations of REALTORS. He is a two time recipient of the SRAR’s prestigious REALTOR of the Year award in both 2007 and 2015.

He has obtained several real estate designations including: e-PRO (a technology based educational program designed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home or other real estate), ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), GRI (Graduate REALTOR Institute), and SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist).

Steve is always eager to serve both past and new clients to help them with their real estate needs. If you want to have a higher level of confidence when buying, selling or renting real estate, Steve Yokely or one of the other brokers in Group3 are the real estate professionals to call.

Janice Shelton

Janice Shelton

Janice Shelton is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has worked in dentistry for 28 years.  Janice worked for John H. Crane, DDS, PA for 19 years until he retired. She currently works for Melissa Smith, DDS, PA and James H. Wells, DDS, PA.  Janice is married and has three children, Zack, Laiken and Kaitlen.  She was born in Kansas City, MO.  Janice’s parents are Joseph and Jane Haynes and she has six brothers and sisters. Janice moved to Mount Airy when she was a child after her father retired from the U.S. Air Force.  After graduating North Surry High School in 1987, she attended Surry Community College and Guilford Technical Community College. She received her Dental Assisting certification in 1989 and graduated with her Dental Hygiene degree in 1991.  Janice attended Superior School of Real Estate in Raleigh and is a Realtor/ Broker in North Carolina.  Janice enjoys spending time outdoors with her horses, dogs, and miniature donkeys.  She and her family love spending time relaxing at the lake and fishing the New River. Her favorite hobbies are traveling, gardening, cooking, riding horses, and reading.

Kim Sumner

Kim Sumner

Kim has an extensive background in management, being with Boddie Noell Enterprises for almost 30 years
She received her real estate license in 2006 and is a member of the Surry Regional Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She has been an active broker at another real estate firm in Mount Airy for the past 6 years. In 2011 Kim received her Notary Public Appointment for Surry County through the Secretary of State of North Carolina.
“I have lived in Mount Airy for the past 20 years with my husband (Billy) and 3 children, Teirraha, Zaccari and Deeanna and now have 2 beautiful grandchildren, Camrie and Porter.”
“I have always been a big fan of real estate, whether it is buying or selling. Real estate is another compliment to my life and I enjoy it.”

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

For many years Chris Cox has had a passion for helping home buyers – especially first-time home buyers – to obtain financing and find the home of their dreams.  Chris has deep roots in the Mt. Airy community, tracing his history back several generations to his parents, grandparents and great grandparents. His late mother was Leona France Cox (Lonie), daughter of the Granville and Luvenia Hill France, and his late father was Joe Bill Cox, son of Pastor Roy G. Cox and Della Hickman Cox.   Prior to joining Group 3 Real Estate, Chris launched a real estate website – www.realesavvy.com – to help accomplish this goal.  In addition to the website, he writes a monthly newspaper column, which circulates both locally in the Winston-Salem Chronicle and nationally in about 200 newspapers that subscribe to www.blackpressusa.com. This is the public website of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.  He also hosts a monthly radio program that deals with a variety of real estate issues and airs on WTOB (980 AM and 96.3 FM). In addition to his extensive experience developing and launching his website, Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of real estate and mortgage banking.  Please contact Chris if you are looking for a knowledgeable, hard-working agent to help you find the ideal home for your family.

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