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"We feel overjoyed and blessed to have been able to purchase our home at our peaceful place."

Read Doug & Kristi Kitchens' story about their experience with John Coley and what advice they have for you.


"We often say we fell in love with the lake and each other on Lake Martin."

Doug and Kristi first started visiting Lake Martin back when they were dating. They would spend weekends visiting with friends and enjoying the lake frequently. The couple often says they fell in love with the lake and each other on Lake Martin and the more time they spent on the lake, the more often they spoke about possibly owning their own lake home one day. Over time that dream became more apparent and while they were out enjoying the water they began to ride by properties listed for sale. Doug and Kristi decided they were ready to begin looking at properties but wanted to wait until they were married to purchase. They contacted John Coley, who was patient and said that he didn't mind if it took a year, that he would be glad to show them a selection of lake properties. 

When they found their lake home, they initially thought it would be too much for them to take on as it needed some updates and repairs. For the next few weekends, they continued to be drawn back to this property and would drive up to it on their WaveRunners. They were also able to meet several of the neighbors by doing this. Doug & Kristi decided to pull the trigger and made an offer. The couple fell so in love with their place and the lake that they decided to get married on a boat at sunset on Lake Martin in October 2018. 

Why John Coley?

John came across very patient with Doug & Kristi as they initially said it may be a while before they purchased a property. He was also very knowledgable about the areas of interest for them and was able to find homes that met their needs. This included proximity to their hometown and work, with enough space to accommodate their blended families, and within their budget. John was knowledgable about the resources and how they could attain permits and find contractors they needed to help them accomplish their goals for the property.

"We look forward to sharing many happy times making memories with our family and friends for many years to come. We've already made some of the best memories of our lives here!"

What Was Most Memorable?

Kristi remembers being very excited every time she received an email from John Coley showing them new properties that met their needs.

She also remembers the point in which she and Doug decided to go ahead and make an offer. They were out on their WaveRunners and went back to the property one particular Saturday. Another couple was spotted walking the property and it was at this point that they knew they needed to act fast because the property could go under contract at any time. Although they had reservations about the house due to the needed updates and repairs, the more they looked at it, the more they realized this was THEIR home. They made an offer and were under contract the next week!

How Was John Coley Different?

John kept the couple informed every step of the way, arranging for inspections and coordinating with the sellers and legal office throughout the entire process. They were concerned about the needed repairs and negotiations but John made the proper recommendations and secured the contract with compromises they felt comfortable with when closing.

Kristi's Advice to You

If you're considering buying your home, my advice would be to 

"Go with someone who knows the area. Find someone who will listen to your needs and go to work for you!"

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