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The Good Life Group

Dani Brown, Bev Knight, Darlene Plavcan, Donilyn Hodge, Sue Lynn Montazeri, Jamie Bishop and Justin Sheffield are The Good Life Group (GLG), part of Keller Williams Lanier Partners in Gainesville, Georgia. This hard-working team has been the top-producing team in the five-office Keller Williams Lanier Partners franchise since 2013. From 2015-2017, they sold over $100 million in real estate transactions.

Not only do they follow which properties are on the market right now, but they have a long list of “pocket” listings from people who are thinking about selling their houses in the future. These homes don’t show up on any listing service, but the GLG closes a lot of transactions from these pocket listings. They also have a fantastic list of resources and tradesmen they work with including dock companies, trustworthy contractors, tree cutters, mortgage companies and attorneys who know the rules of the lake.

Because of her extensive background in internet and marketing, lead agent and group founder Bev Knight is involved in most of the listing responsibilities. The GLG is known to be one of most aggressive marketers in the area. They are innovative in a variety of ways including custom street signs, digital billboards featuring current listings, custom home books, professional photography and video tours, aerial videography, professionally produced flyers and so much more. Adding to the marketing mix, they have done radio advertising and even TV spots. You will see GLG ads in various publications including Lakeside News where Bev writes a quarterly column on Lake Lanier real estate. In an average year, the GLG spends over $100,000 on promoting their property which is part of the reason their sales and closing statistics are so robust. If a buyer is looking for a lake home, he will see the homes listed by The Good Life Group.

Another innovation of the GLG is to provide dedicated specialists for buyers, sellers and investors. It takes a unique skill-set and a lot of time to find just the right property for a client, and the GLG team members are experts in their fields. Click on the names below to read more about the backgrounds and talents of each of these dedicated professionals.

Bev Knight – Lead Agent and GLG Founder

Bev Knight’s goal was to create a real estate group with a businesslike, market-oriented approach. She wanted a team that would be known for their business savvy and professionalism, and they are. With the motto “…when you’re ready for the good life!” the logical name for the team was The Good Life Group. She is certified as a luxury marketing specialist, and she has been the a top producer in the KWLP franchise since 2013. Her team has been the top team in the franchise for the same period of time, and continues to flourish due to their stellar marketing and commitment to service.

A rare native Atlantan, Bev graduated from the UGA with a business degree in Information Systems and minors in both marketing and management. She spent many years in the software industry; and, in time, went into consulting. She guided software and communications companies in setting up training, documentation, product marketing, usability studies, testing, product design and more. Eventually, she opened her own firm, BGK Design Services, where she assisted small businesses with web design and marketing. She does not consider herself a salesperson at all. Instead, she is a problem-solver, and her clients appreciate the distinction. She loves the real estate industry and thrives on coming up with new, innovative marketing techniques.

In her spare time, Bev Knight likes to dance, especially line dancing and salsa. She is also active in her church where she sometimes teaches Sunday School. An avid reader, she helped to start a book club in her neighborhood. She loves people, enjoys real estate, and works very hard to make sure that her clients’ needs are served. If you are interested in listing your lake property or would like help in choosing a buyer’s agent, call Bev Knight at 770-536-4416 or email her at bevknig@bellsouth.net.

Dani Brown, Broker & Luxury Coordinator

Dani joined The Good Life Group in December of 2010. (She pronounces her name like “Dana.”) She moved to this area in 2006. She was raised in Blue Ridge, Georgia and attended North Georgia College and State University. When you meet Dani, you will be drawn to her positive energy, ability to listen, and market knowledge. As a “people” person and business-savvy professional, her clients will tell you that she is well-suited to help clients make informed real estate decisions .

Dani decided to get into real estate after spending a summer working at an attorney’s office. She felt like it was the ideal job for her personality and skill set. She loves interacting with people, seeing new scenery (especially great homes), and negotiating the best deal for her clients. Because she is a very good listener, she has enjoyed great success finding the right home for her clients and has been a multi-million dollar producer for years. Before she joined The Good Life Group, she had eight years of experience selling real estate and three years as a licensed broker. She owned her own firm, Investors Realty of Georgia, and was the top agent in her market. This level of experience shows in the quality of professionalism and dedication she brings to the job. Clients would describe her as easy to talk to, positive, and a tough negotiator. She is a certified luxury agent through the Institute for Luxury Marketing. She likes to hike, travel, entertain, and is very active in the community. On warm days, you will find her family enjoying their boat, skiing, tubing, floating around and grilling out with friends.

Not surprisingly, Dani’s favorite pass-time is playing with her little boys. She loves being a mom and has proudly served as president of the Mount Vernon Elementary School PTSA. She likes to hike, travel, and entertain. On warm days, you will find her family enjoying their houseboat, skiing, tubing, floating around and grilling out with family and friends. They are active members of an awesome church and very active in the community. Dani is well-versed in all categories of Lake Lanier property, but she is particularly skilled when it comes to investments, trades, and luxury homes. She is easy to talk to, positive, and a tough negotiator. If this sounds like what you’re looking for in a lake agent, please contact Dani at 706-455-3076 or email her at danipbrown@gmail.com.

Darlene Plavcan – Buyer/Seller Agent, Investments

In the fall of 2014, our group welcomed the very talented Darlene Plavcan as an investment specialist and local expert. A native Georgian and long time Lake Lanier resident, Darlene has a first-hand knowledge of this market. She and her husbanFFd Dennis spent many years remodeling and restoring homes in this area as well as in Florida. Through that experience, she became an expert in investment property, staging, and renovation issues.

All of Darlene’s professional experience has lead to her proficiency in real estate. For many years, she owned and managed an interior design firm and floor-covering company. This background allows her to help sellers stage their homes to insure maximum offers at a minimum cost. She was hired by The Good Life Group to coordinate their investment properties segment for both buyers and sellers. Because so many homes in this area are investment property, Darlene immediately brought a new level of insight and expertise to the group. Her clients would describe her as extremely positive, knowledgeable, and committed to making their real estate experience as efficient and pain-free as possible. From her first day, she became a top producer and important member of the team. You will never find a harder worker than Darlene. She is also a certified luxury agent through the Institute for Luxury Marketing as well as a certified negotiation specialist.

If you are interested in investment properties or other types of real estate on or off the lake, contact Darlene today at 678-300-1275 or email her at darleneplavcan@gmail.com.

Donilyn Hodge – Agent, Buyers & Sellers

Native Atlantan Donilyn Hodge is the newest member of The Good Life Group.  She grew up in the middle of the Milton horse country and has lived north of the Atlanta Perimeter her entire life; so, the GA 400 corridor comprises familiar territory for this home-grown girl.  She graduated from the University of Georgia with a business degree. She is known for her entrepreneurial spirit and a keen sense of business. Among other projects, she was the founder of an auto insurance agency and was a founding partner in an online inspirational gift site. Additionally, she worked with a sports agent handling off-field marketing for some of the biggest stars in baseball.  While she has navigated many career interests, Donilyn has always been drawn to the real estate business.  Her eye for style and penchant for entertaining has endowed her with a passion for placing clients in the home that best fits their taste and lifestyle. Before earning a real estate license, she enjoyed and successfully helped place friends and family members in their dream homes. Most importantly, Donilyn knows the importance of making a house a home and always serves people before property. It’s this attention to meeting your unique needs that drives her dedication to finding the perfect spot her buyers can call home. Here is a Zillow quote that personifies Donilyn: “It has been said that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life!  So forget the sea of ho hum options. Donilyn would love to help you to find the perfect home for you and your family.”

Donilyn and her husband have enjoyed supporting Young Life and their church over the years.  When not showing homes, Donilyn can be found cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, which included her daughter who rode on the UGA equestrian team.  She fully embraces the North Georgia lifestyle enjoying time on the lake, in the mountains, as well as on the golf course with her family.  When you’re ready for the good life, Donilyn is here to help you to find the right home. If you are interested in selling, Donilyn is an expert in the property all along the GA 400 corridor all the way to Dahlonega, so give her a call today at 404-271-4479 or email her at dhodge@kw.com.



Sue Lynn Montazeri – Agent, Buyers & Sellers

Sue Lynn joined the Good Life Group in 2018. As an important part of this top performing group, she has years of experience in luxury sales and home design. Definitely a “people person,” she has a great way of making clients feel comfortable and well-supported. Her interesting career has taken many turns that eventually guided her to the field of residential real estate, a perfect fit. In all of her previous endeavors, she was recognized for her intellect, confidence, commitment to customer service and outstanding work ethic. 

Sue Lynn grew up in Oklahoma in a loving family with very high expectations. She attended Oklahoma State University and treasures the strong moral and values systems that she was immersed in. She and her husband Al have lived in Georgia since 1991 starting in Buckhead and working their way up the GA400 corridor to her current home in Dahlonega. 

You will find her to be a fascinating person. As an avid do-it-yourselfer, she refinishes antiques, loves to build things, and is an expert at researching any number of topics. Her background is evident in her floral design hobby (both fresh and dried) and other talents required in home design. She can talk about home finishes with any expert in that field, and sometimes can teach them a thing or two. 

If Sue Lynn sounds like a good fit for your real estate needs, you can reach her at suelynn@kw.com or 706-300-4689.

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Jamie Bishop – Marketing Coordinator

The most energetic member of our team is our vivacious Marketing Coordinator, Jamie Bishop. A licensed agent, Jamie brings an abundance of energy, enthusiasm, and positivity to our group. She graduated from Southern Polytechnic State where she majored in Construction Management / Development. She has worked in a variety of real estate-related jobs, but definitely found her calling as the Marketing Coordinator for the GLG. Her duties could fill a book, but in essence, she is the glue that keeps us all together. She creates marketing literature, updates web sites, manages mail campaigns, coordinates sign installations, handles our social media posts, and oversees all of our schedules. She occasionally shows property for the team members, checks on weekend homes for our clients, and basically fills in for the GLG agents whenever she is needed. She is great at what she does, and we are so blessed to have her on our team.

Most people would describe Jamie as a social butterfly. She has never met a stranger, and is pretty much loved by all. She is an avid scuba diver and enjoys all manner of water sports. Originally from Valdosta, she grew up just a short drive from several lakes as well as the ocean, so that is where her love of the water was born. Jamie is what we Georgians call “a peach.” If you need to reach Jamie for any reason, her phone number is 404-803-3231, and her email address is jamiebishop@kw.com.