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We are driven by one simple goal:

To create a stellar real estate experience. 

That means minimal stress, fewer headaches, and less ambiguity.

Our Pledge To You

We cut the bull, not corners.

Real estate shouldn't disrupt your life.  

We cut out the chaos, dial down the drama, block for you where needed, and simplify the process so you can focus on the things that really matter as you prepare for your move.

You'll always know where you stand.

Accessible.  Responsive.  Honest.  

With straight talk at each and every step of the transaction, our candid advice inspires a different kind of client relationship -- one built on trust rather than a stale business transaction.  

We have no hidden agenda.

We work for people, not deals.  

We empower you to make the best possible choice consistent with your personal goals  – even if that means counseling you to hold onto your home or terminating a deal.  

We are fierce negotiators.

We don't rest until you get the best deal.  

Successful negotiation outcomes are a direct result of training and experience.  We put both to work to give you a sense of satisfaction and success.  Get ready to do a victory dance at the closing table.

We believe laughter is good medicine.

Minimize the drama and maximize the joy. 

Every real estate transaction has some bumps along the way, but it's how we deal with those bumps that matters.  In addition to providing solutions, we find a little levity goes a long way.

We will always be here to support you. 

Relationships that last a lifetime. 

Need a plumber?  Curious about the ROI for a remodel?  Want to grab a cup of coffee?  We're here for you long after your deal is done. Our clients often become our friends, and we wouldn't have it any other way.   

Strong Track Record of Serving Our Clients 

Numbers matter, but for us, helping you buy or sell a home in North Atlanta is more than a numbers game.  We’ve always believed that real estate should be about service, not sales.  So while the accolades are nice, we define our success by the satisfaction of each and every person we work with. 

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Named 'Best of Forsyth County' 10 Years in a Row

The Cole Team has been named "Best Real Estate Team in of Forsyth" by Forsyth County News, 10 years in a row (2014-2024) and Stephanie Cole Patterson was named 'Best Real Estate Agent' (2024) 

 Our Award Winning Team

The Cole Team is dedicated to providing a fabulous real estate experience. Meriellen is a veteran agent who began her career when bell bottoms were the height of fashion, Meriellen has seen the market rise and fall more times than she can count. Nurturing, yet fierce, when necessary, she has sold countless homes throughout the country during her inimitable 45-year career. Stephanie joined her mom in 2003, bringing a fresh approach, not to mention an obsession for marketing. A reputable broker in the Atlanta area, she spent nearly a decade working in advertising, including a stint at one of the world’s top ad agencies. Together, they have formed an unmatched team dedicated to excellence from search to signing. Equipped with a strong track record and passion for serving others, the Cole Team is an outlier in the industry. Lauded for their integrity, ingenuity, and unfailing dedication, they approach every aspect of their business in a fresh, innovative way.


Stephanie Cole Patterson

Stephanie grew up bouncing back and forth from a small town south of St. Louis and a golf course community in the Phoenix desert with her dad, a former tire dealer, entrepreneur and WW2 pilot and POW; her mom, a fabulous mom and real estate agent; and her big brother, a skilled monopoly player and noogie giver. After graduating from Drake University in Iowa, she began her career in advertising. She worked her way up quickly in the ranks at Leo Burnett Worldwide in Chicago to an account supervisor role working on national brands like Hallmark, Delta, and General Motors. After a memorable experience purchasing a 100 year old home with her college sweetheart in downtown Chicago she became interested in real estate herself and decided to pursue a career. She got her real estate broker's license in 2003 and shortly after she and her husband decided it was time to move closer to her family who had relocated to the Atlanta area. Her father was having numerous health challenges including battling Alzheimers so being together was most important...

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Meriellen Cole Arenz

Meriellen spent her early life in Akron, Ohio. She moved to Missouri in the 70's where she started a family and first became interested in real estate. She and her husband developed a tract of land and built several spec homes that she later sold. Life brought them back and forth from Missouri and Phoenix where she has fond memories of playing tennis and golf with friends while balancing raising her son and daughter and her real estate career. She was always found helping others and had a knack for keeping things positive. She later moved to Florida to be close to her son who had just started a family. When he was transferred to the Atlanta area in 2003, she and her husband, who was facing several health issues, followed. Soon after her daughter Stephanie moved down as well. They were all able to be together for her husband who passed away a few years later in 2006...

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Inez Austin

Inez is a proud New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. After moving to Florida with her family as a teen, she went back up north where she met her husband, David at University of Maryland. A business opportunity brought them to Atlanta over 14 years ago and they could not be happier.  North Atlanta is where they have built a life for their family which includes two daughters, Sophia and Olivia plus many fur babies including a horse and two goats.  Inez believes in living a life of service so when she is not helping clients, she is volunteering at school or working with one of the charities she is passionate about...

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How We Give Back

With a deep love of Forsyth County and Surrounding Communities, we are passionate about giving back to the community.   

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