Sarah Ellis

Principal, Broker, GRI

I grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, before moving to Athens to attend the University of Georgia, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in education. After studying abroad at Oxford University in England, I returned back to Athens and taught Middle School in Clarke and Oconee Counties for four years. I’ve lived with my family in various Athens neighborhoods ever since and I’ve been fortunate to get to know the city as home.

As I was seeking an alternative career path, I was looking for something that kept me out and about and with people. Real estate was exciting, and Athens is an amazing town with so many different unique neighborhoods that each have their own personality.

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I joined a national brokerage firm and was named their Newly Licensed Agent of the Year. I found my love for real estate through my interactions with clients: when someone finds the house that perfectly fits, you can see it happen in their eyes when they walk in the door if you’re paying attention to your client. 

Christy, Stephanie, and myself formed CJ&L in 2005. I obtained my broker’s license in 2006 and was named Managing Broker of CJ&L. I’ve earned my titles of consistent top producer in the Athens market, Graduate Realtor Institute designation, and Broker of CJ&L for 16 years. I chose to work with CJ&L because I wanted to be a part of a small, supportive, hard working group of agents who work from the same set of work ethic and goals. I love the boutique feel of our agency, and the support is amazing. We’re incredibly proud of how far we’ve come, as CJ&L has grown to be the #1 Independent Firm in Athens year after year. 

I am efficient and I understand what it is my clients need in order to achieve their real estate goals without putting them through an exhaustive experience. My education background affords me the ability to thoroughly explain the process, and my years of experience have offered me the opportunity to anticipate and protect against almost any scenario.

It’s part of our company culture to be sure that we are reaching a wide variety of organizations with our resources. I felt called back to my public education roots, and I served for 8 years on the Clarke County Board of Education. It was a rewarding and transformational time for me. I currently serve on multiple boards at the Athens Area Association of Realtors, and I support a large range of organizations around town with both time and financial commitments. Athens is a city with high needs and lots of opportunities to support nonprofits.

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