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Wade Rhodes

About Me

What in the world do cakes, pastries and pies have in common with the commercial real estate industry?

More than you might think — just ask Wade Rhodes.

After decades spent running a family bakery business, Rhodes made the transition to the commercial real estate business — and it was in no way a stretch.

“It prepared me greatly for small business advisement,” said Rhodes, who was born into the Rhodes Family Bakery business — which represented the first retail bakery in the city of Atlanta.

Indeed, Rhodes — who actually obtained his real estate license at the age of 24 but never considered a career in the business until recently — learned early via his chain of bakeries the value of building ownership.

“I owned three buildings, and when I sold the business I was able to lease them back,” Rhodes said. “My whole retirement was based on commercial real estate.”

Yet it was only when he got to know Frank Norton, Jr., that the idea of making real estate a business came into being.

“I knew Frank and his parents; he’s a third generation member of a family business, and so was I,” Rhodes said. “Very few family businesses make it through the third generation, because of how hard it is to maintain the drive that it takes to start it and keep it going, so I admired Frank for that. He understands what it takes, and he’s always looking for ways to make things better.”

Rhodes was in the same boat when he graduated from college and grew his own bakery group, opening stores in Stone Mountain, Snellville and Tucker, before moving to Habersham County, where he opened a commissary. It was after his move to northeast Georgia that he partnered to open a restaurant in Gainesville.

After selling the bakery business in 1999 — his cousins still run a Rhodes Bakery branch on Cheshire Bridge Rd. in Atlanta — Rhodes began bringing development to his new community of Habersham, an undertaking that included a blockbuster agreement with Wal-Mart in Cornelia.

“That deal really solidified me in commercial real estate and opened a lot of doors,” Rhodes said. “I’m the only agent Norton has in the mountain regions that is purely in commercial real estate.”

Rhodes has also spent plenty of time opening doors for others in Habersham, including hours spent teaching with Junior Achievement in the Habersham County Schools System.

“I tell them that education affects the rest of your life, and that you have to start preparing now for success,” said Rhodes, who also helped found the North Georgia Soccer club in Habersham. “We focus on cause and effect relationships, and that decisions have consequences.”

Rhodes is also hard at work making choices for the betterment of Habersham’s communities as chair elect of the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce.

“We’ve made great strides in getting our seven cities and the county to all work together for the betterment of everyone,” Rhodes said. “We also work with Piedmont College MBA students and North Georgia Tech, as well as closely with the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership to resolves issues in the county.”

Professional Accomplishments & Community Service

  • Agent, Norton Agency’s Commercial division
  • Co-anchored development of Cornelia Wal-Mart
  • Chairman elect, Habersham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Active in Junior Achievement
  • Works with University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership
  • Helped found North Georgia Soccer Club

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54 TOTHEROW ROAD CLEVELAND, GEORGIA

$ 450,000
Commercial acreage just waiting to be developed on busy HWY 1129S. Consists of 16+ acres with 600′ of road fr [more]
Commercial acreage just waiting to be developed on busy HWY 1129S. Consists of 16+ acres with 600′ of road fr [more]
16.71 Acresfull info
pheumaneus
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4529 ELBERTON HIGHWAY, HARTWELL GEORGIA

$ 110,000
Would likely be sold with adjoining property in triangle of Nancy Hart School Rd and Elberton Hwy.
Would likely be sold with adjoining property in triangle of Nancy Hart School Rd and Elberton Hwy.
2.30 Acresfull info
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BREWERS MILL ROAD, ELBERTON GEORGIA

$ 350,000
Fantastic timber/recreational tract with easy access and long waterfrontage along Beaverdam Creek. Timber is ready [more]
Fantastic timber/recreational tract with easy access and long waterfrontage along Beaverdam Creek. Timber is ready [more]
95.06 Acresfull info
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LONESOME DOVE ROAD, ELBERTON GEORGIA

$ 116,900
Hard to find, small, affordable acreage close to good roads, restaurants, entertainment (like a huge lake), yet cov [more]
Hard to find, small, affordable acreage close to good roads, restaurants, entertainment (like a huge lake), yet cov [more]
29.61 Acresfull info
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609 LIBERTY HILL ROAD, HARTWELL GEORGIA

$ 75,000
I get this call almost every day – I want a mostly level lot, not too far from town, about half pasture, half [more]
I get this call almost every day – I want a mostly level lot, not too far from town, about half pasture, half [more]
15.71 Acresfull info
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CLAY BROWN ROAD, HARTWELL GEORGIA

$ 60,000
12 acres of flat, open land ready for your plans. On the corner of Clay Brown Rd and Friendship Rd, easy access fro [more]
12 acres of flat, open land ready for your plans. On the corner of Clay Brown Rd and Friendship Rd, easy access fro [more]
12.00 Acresfull info
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4413 ELBERTON HIGHWAY, HARTWELL GEORGIA

$ 79,000
Two parcels may be sold as one in the fork of the road of Elberton Hwy and Nancy Hart School Rd.
Two parcels may be sold as one in the fork of the road of Elberton Hwy and Nancy Hart School Rd.
0.51 Acresfull info
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DEMOREST MT AIRY HIGHWAY, DEMOREST GEORGIA

$ 299,000
CORNER LOT ON DEMOREST MT AIRY HWY AND LONGSTREET IN DEMOREST. LAYS WELL AND IS 220 FEET DEEP WITH 225 FEET OF ROAD [more]
CORNER LOT ON DEMOREST MT AIRY HWY AND LONGSTREET IN DEMOREST. LAYS WELL AND IS 220 FEET DEEP WITH 225 FEET OF ROAD [more]
1.07 Acresfull info
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INDUSTRIAL PARK ROAD, PAD 3 BALDWIN GEORGIA

$ 213,605
Welcome to Habersham Industrial Park where there are ample choices for nearly all types of businesses and industrie [more]
Welcome to Habersham Industrial Park where there are ample choices for nearly all types of businesses and industrie [more]
3.59 Acresfull info
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INDUSTRIAL PARK ROAD BALDWIN, GEORGIA

$ 381,395
Welcome to Habersham Industrial Park where there are ample choices for nearly all types of businesses and industrie [more]
Welcome to Habersham Industrial Park where there are ample choices for nearly all types of businesses and industrie [more]
6.41 Acresfull info
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