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Doug Garrison

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Doug Garrison has spent his entire life playing in the dirt. From growing up on the family farm to working as a University of Georgia extension employee, Garrison’s love for the land has carried him from childhood through career and into a new role as a successful land agent.

“From the time I was young, I loved living on the farm and knew I wanted to be in agriculture,” Garrison says. “Now I am just channeling that passion in a new way by selling land rather than working it.”

Garrison was the first in his family to graduate college, but he did not stop there; he also completed his master’s degree in agriculture at the University of Georgia while newly married. He and his bride were initially assigned to Elbert County, where Garrison worked as a county agent for the UGA Cooperative Extension, then he transferred to Barrow County where he retired following 29 years of progressive service.

“I was too young to do nothing, and I wanted to stay close to the agriculture field,” he says. “I explored my options and realized I knew farmers, and I knew the local land, so why not try my hand at commercial real estate in land sales?”

After several successful years, Garrison put his real estate career on hold in 2004 to serve as the Barrow County Commission Chairman. “I left real estate in its prime,” Garrison says. “I sold a lot of land—people trusted me and respected my knowledge of the area. But money has never been a driving force for me; instead, I felt the need to give back to my community.”

When he was ready to reenter the real estate world, Garrison remembered a two-day conference Frank Norton, Jr. had hosted in Barrow County. He decided Frank seemed like a great leader, so in 2009, he started The Norton Agency’s Winder office and has been there ever since.

“I was drawn to Norton because of family,” Garrison says. “I am proud to be associated with a company that has grown through the years by basing their business on family and strong Christian beliefs.”

The bulk of Garrison’s business is focused in Barrow County, a comfortable territory due to his wide breadth of contacts in the community. “I have never wanted a huge volume of listings,” he says. “I prefer to keep my book small and focus on service, spending my time really getting to know my clients face-to-face.”

Garrison also enjoys the flexibility real estate gives him when it comes to his family, specifically spending time with his six grandchildren. When he’s not being “Papa,” Garrison says one of his favorite relaxing activities is cutting his own grass. He also enjoys visiting his “little place at the beach,” but his dream remains to own a home in the middle of a 100-acre farm.

“I really would have loved to have been a farmer—I love the land, I love to farm, and I have such fond memories of my childhood growing up on a farm,” he says.

Garrison’s involvement in community also has led him to serving as an active member of the First Baptist Church of Winder and he supports Relay for Life; however, it’s his quaint “country gentlemen” personality, old-fashioned work ethic, and dedication to the things he values that makes Garrison stand out.

“I am a generalist—I enjoy life, and my personal goal is to work well into my 70s. I only hope I have the good sense to quit if I need to,” he says with a laugh. “But as long as I am healthy, I want to be active, to interact with people, and to be a dedicated professional, and working at The Norton Agency gives me that opportunity.”

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For Sale

2890 Fairburn Road, SW Atlanta, GA

$ 295,000
4.47 acres with good visibility. Possible multiple lots. Possible fixer upper with availability for additional acre [more]
4.47 acres with good visibility. Possible multiple lots. Possible fixer upper with availability for additional acre [more]
4.47 Acresfull info
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4373 Historic Highway 17, Martin GA 30557 (B...

$ 176,000
Great location for business on 1.09 acres, with fenced yard space. 3200 +/- SF metal building with loading dock and [more]
Great location for business on 1.09 acres, with fenced yard space. 3200 +/- SF metal building with loading dock and [more]
3,200 SF 1.09 Acresfull info
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82 McNeal Road, Winder GA (.5 acres plus bui...

$ 250,000
Excellent location for business! Approx 3,000 SF Building within city limits. Open floor plan makes it suitable for [more]
Excellent location for business! Approx 3,000 SF Building within city limits. Open floor plan makes it suitable for [more]
3,000 SF 0.50 Acresfull info

5670 Highway 145, Carnesville GA (125 +/- Ac...

$ 775,000
125 +/- beautiful acres, with mature pine and hardwood trees. Nearly level with trails you can drive on throughout [more]
125 +/- beautiful acres, with mature pine and hardwood trees. Nearly level with trails you can drive on throughout [more]
125.00 Acresfull info
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0 Highway 124 West, Braselton 30022 (12 acre...

$ 360,000
Wooded land, secluded off Hwy 124, access by easement (dirt) road. Backs up to I-85. Bring your mobile, or build a [more]
Wooded land, secluded off Hwy 124, access by easement (dirt) road. Backs up to I-85. Bring your mobile, or build a [more]
12.00 Acresfull info

13747 Highway 59, Carnesville (2.03 acres)

$ 250,000
Located just off I-85 at Exit 166, this is a great location for a business office, commercial, etc. It adjoins the [more]
Located just off I-85 at Exit 166, this is a great location for a business office, commercial, etc. It adjoins the [more]
2.03 Acresfull info

0 Highway 59 and 106, Carnesville Georgia (3...

$ 850,000
Bring your Business to this lot at the entrance to the Franklin County Industrial Park.  Lot is cleared with all ut [more]
Bring your Business to this lot at the entrance to the Franklin County Industrial Park.  Lot is cleared with all ut [more]
3.37 Acresfull info

2556 Turkey Creek Road, Carnesville, Georgia...

$ 3,450,000
Topo suitable for 1 million plus SF Industrial Building. Adjoins Franklin County Industrial Park. Currently cattle [more]
Topo suitable for 1 million plus SF Industrial Building. Adjoins Franklin County Industrial Park. Currently cattle [more]
138.00 Acresfull info

3294 Athens Highway 129, Gainesville (14.11 ...

$ 1,058,250
Property is open with 620 +/- feet frontage on Highway 129.  High growth corridor. Mostly level with curb cut at a [more]
Property is open with 620 +/- feet frontage on Highway 129.  High growth corridor. Mostly level with curb cut at a [more]
14.11 Acresfull info
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1000 Beatenbough Road, Canon (109 +/- Acres)

$ 599,500
Hunters Paradise! Awesome property with plenty of opportunities to build your home and enjoy the great outdoors. Ap [more]
Hunters Paradise! Awesome property with plenty of opportunities to build your home and enjoy the great outdoors. Ap [more]
109.00 Acresfull info
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