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 and September 2016 based on GCI.  The Vining Group earned the Quadruple Gold Medallion for their production in 2015 from Keller Williams.  Jonathan received the Phoenix award in April 2016 from the LCBR. 

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 20+ years of sales experience and extensive knowledge in construction and land development.  He is a luxury property expert, a licensed Broker and earned his B.S. in Urban Development from Georgia State University in 1997.  Always active in our community, he served as 2012 President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors and served/chaired the MLS Committee Board for several years.  He currently serves on the Greene County Planning and Zoning Committee and serves as Chairman of  Citizens Involvement Committee (CIC) in Reynolds Lake Oconee.

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 and is also a registered GA Real Estate Appraiser.  She currently serves on the MLS Community Board.  Their son 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, spent over 35 years in sales, marketing and management in the consumer-packaged industry with worldwide corporations, including Gillette.  He and his wife, Hollie, relocated to Reynolds Lake Oconee from Atlanta to immerse themselves into our wonderful community.  Steve is passionate about people, real estate and bringing these two together.  He provides the highest-level service to our Clients and ensures each client makes a sound and informed purchase. 

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 player on the baseball team.  Post college, he spent several years as a sales representative with State Farm, which led him into the real estate industry.  His commitment to our Clients and overall knowledge of the lake area is 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 earned her B.A. from Davidson College.  Carol and her husband, Kevin, moved to Reynolds Lake Oconee from Sandy Springs in 2011.  Carol’s area knowledge and patient demeanor make her the consummate Buyers’ agent.  Their daughter is a student at Lake Oconee Academy, where Carol was an assistant coach for the LOA girls’ basketball program.

Kris Freeman, Listing & Transaction Coordinator, has over 15 years of experience in real estate and insurance in supporting real property appraisers and financial advisers.  Kris brings strong organizational skills, energy, and creative thinking to The Vining Group.  She is a lover of animals and comes from a family with deep military service roots.  She and her husband, Ron, a Navy veteran, moved to the Lake Country from Winder and are loving the lake lifestyle!

Anna O’Neal, Marketing & Projects Coordinator,  with over 22 years’ experience in real estate and property management, there isn’t much she hasn’t seen or done in the industry.  After studying history at Georgia Southern University, she spent several years in Savannah, working in luxury real estate and managing historically-rehabbed communities.  She moved to the Lake Country in 2004, and her two children attend Lake Oconee Academy.  Passionate about history and restoration, she spends her spare time writing & studying history and photographing historic homes and properties.  

 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.

Make the right choice and partner with the best real estate team on Lake Oconee!