Our Team

We are an independent brokerage focused on more than just connecting a buyer and a property. We provide assistance every step of the way.

You will find we are responsive and attentive to your needs and desires. We're innovative and continuously evolving with new technologies to make real estate transactions smoother, more affordable, and less stressful.

And at the end of the day, we want you to know we are a boutique local company. The better we perform, the more our business thrives. We reinvest our profits in our local Atlanta neighborhoods. We are The Real Estate Company.

Meet The Real Estate Company Team

The principal founders of The Real Estate Company are recognized as proven leaders in the Atlanta market. They have earned an outstanding reputation for their consistent dedication and strong performance. They offer a higher level of service that always provides smart advice, precise attention to detail, expert negotiation skills, and absolute loyalty to their clients.

Together they formed The Real Estate Company to meet the changing needs of an evolving real estate market. The agents of The Real Estate Company are recognized by their peers for the depth of their experience and knowledge.  They understand how to harness today's technology to make each transaction smooth and successful while providing cost saving opportunities to you.

The Real Estate Company has tailored its services to meet the needs of buyers and sellers in Atlanta's intown market. We represent the best interests of our client first and foremost. To see what The Real Estate Company can do for you, contact us today.

 

Darrin Hunt
Principal and Managing Broker
[email protected] | 404.664.9916

Darrin Hunt has been repeatedly recognized as one of the most outstanding real estate agents in Atlanta. He is a licensed broker, accredited buyer and seller representative, Lifetime Member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors - Million Dollar Club, and was previously awarded professional of the year. Darrin is a founding partner and managing broker of The Real Estate Company, a next generation real estate firm.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Darrin has lived in several countries and has traveled the world. In 1993, Darrin relocated to Atlanta and worked as a mortgage loan officer and later as a project manager for a corporate real estate company. He has also served in the United States Air Force. His expertise and knowledge of Atlanta's neighborhoods positions Darrin as one of the most sought-after agents in Atlanta.


Lee Thornton
Principal
[email protected] | 404.944.0006

Lee Thornton has garnered wide acclaim for his expertise in Atlanta’s luxury estate market. With more than twenty years experience in real estate sales, financing, and investing, he guides his clients seamlessly through their real estate transactions. More than 70 percent of Lee’s business is with repeat clients and their referrals because of his focus on superior service, integrity, and fulfilling each client’s objectives. Whether you are a first-time buyer, selling a luxury estate, a developer, or looking for savvy investments, Lee can help you achieve your goal.

Lee earned an MBA degree from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson’s School of Business and a B.S. degree from Auburn University in Finance. As a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Club, he has received numerous awards and recognitions due to his achievements as a top producer. Among those accomplishments, Lee has ranked in the top 2 percent of sales volume nationwide. As a founding partner of The Real Estate Company, Lee is proud of the new opportunities he can offer his clients.


Otha Greer
Principal
[email protected] | 404.578.8483

With more than 22 years of success as a real estate agent in Atlanta and San Francisco, Otha Greer skillfully advises an influential and truly global clientele. As a real estate investor herself, she understands the importance of real estate investments as part of a strong portfolio.

Otha has earned several awards as a top salesperson because of her strong work ethics and professionalism. Focusing on her clients' needs is her top priority. She travels the world, celebrates other cultures and is currently studying Spanish. Otha is a founding member of The Real Estate Company and a Certified REO (foreclosure) Specialist.


Erik Fortner
Principal
[email protected] | 404.964.1887

Atlanta’s top executives, attorneys and developers have sought out Erik Fortner for his advice and guidance making him one of the premiere real estate agents specializing in the in-town market. He established The Real Estate Company with his partners to expand the level of service he can offer his clients.

Erik first came to Atlanta after graduating from Stanford University in order to pursue a career in law. After obtaining his Emory Law School degree and practicing law for several years, Erik had the opportunity to work with real estate professionals and discovered his own talent for the business. He brings to the table an appreciation of architecture and design, marketing savvy, and exceptional skills at research and the art of negotiation, all of which serve his clients well. Whether marketing a multi-million dollar property or assisting first time buyers or sellers, Erik consistently provides a stellar level of customer service.

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, JD
  • Stanford University, BA

Jason Renai
Agent, Resident Technologist
[email protected] | 404.449.4455

An intown Atlanta resident for over 20 years, Jason is a real estate enthusiast who is always ahead of the trends in Atlanta intown real estate, urban development and architecture. He has a wealth of experience in building and renovations with an ability to spot the positive and negative features in any property. He knows what makes great neighborhoods and homes and as a parent, knows the importance of quality schools with the experience to help buyers navigate the options available. He understands his client's needs and delivers results.

He is also the resident technology and marketing guru with 12+ years of experience building social web projects for cable and news companies, large scale real estate developments, government agencies and more. If it's online, it's his job. And he loves to showcase great real estate developments with his work.


Kurt Harvell
Agent
[email protected] | 404.247.8555

Kurt is a native of Atlanta…a rare commodity, considering the unprecedented growth of Atlanta over the past decades.

In 2000, after 30 years in the field of banking and customer service, including a long career at The Coca-Cola Company, Kurt took time off to travel and do some soul searching. He decided to combine his love for his home town and playing tour guide when friends would visit and his general love of people and made the decision to become a real estate agent.

He obtained his real estate license in 2002 and began his career with Coldwell Banker, The Condo Store, where he received numerous awards and recognitions for sales volume Company wide.  After 15 productive years at Coldwell Banker, he made the decision to join a smaller, more personal firm, The Real Estate Company.

Give Kurt the opportunity to sell you HIS city and assist you in purchasing your next home or selling your current one.  Kurt knows Atlanta.


Mark Battleson
Agent
[email protected] | 404.368.7809

Since moving to Atlanta in 1992, Mark has lived in Atlanta’s primary Intown markets: Buckhead, Midtown, Chastain Park, Inman Park, Peachtree Hills, Decatur, Emory, Virginia Highland and Vinings. By virtue of his diverse experiences in each part of the city, Mark offers clients insights about the transformational history of these neighborhoods that comes from truly living in them.Mark began his real estate career representing developers and capital providers as an attorney with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta. Throughout his career Mark has worked in deal terms as a real estate agent, investment banker, attorney, asset manager and principal in developments and existing assets with a value in excess of $2.5 billion, and he continues to provide advisory services in the multi-housing residential space and develops homes. All of these experiences, along with his partnership with Erik Fortner, provide for a methodical, detailed, solutions-based execution of every home search and transaction.

Education

  • University of Michigan, MBA
  • Emory University School of Law, JD
  • University of California – Santa Barbara, BA

Mark is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, coaches his son’s soccer and baseball teams, and is involved with various organizations throughout the city.