Tuesday, January 8, 2008

BULLARD, FULTON REAL ESTATE COMPANIES ANNOUNCE MERGER

Steve Bullard and Jim Fulton have announced the merger of Coldwell Banker Fulton Realty Associates with the Bullard Realty organization.

This is the second merger of companies with Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty in recent weeks. Earlier, it was announced that Jonesboro-based Coldwell Banker Joe T. Lane Realty had merged with the Bullard Realty organization.

Jim Fulton, who is now an associate broker with Bullard’s Peachtree City/Fayette County office, said, “Steve Bullard and I have known each other a long time, and we’ve discussed this possible merger previously. We both felt that now is the right time to do it.”

Bullard noted that merger will result in a much stronger operation serving the real estate needs and providing Coldwell Banker services to the Peachtree City/Fayette County area. The office will be the largest in the Bullard organization and one of the largest real estate offices in Peachtree City. “We’re also extremely pleased to have someone of the caliber of Jim Fulton, who is a longtime community leader in Peachtree City and Fayette County, associated with our company,” he said.

Including Jim Fulton, 25 Realtors previously with Coldwell Banker Fulton Realty Associates are joining Bullard’s Peachtree City/Fayette County office as a result of the merger. They include Minka Fulton, Debbie Lowe, Pete Benson, Bruce Williams, Bruce Cole, Billy Simpson, Tracy Willis, Terry Hoffman, Reggie Johnson, Harrison Miller, Judy Powell, Martin Wise, Dianne Maney, Larry Moseley, Beverly Bryant, Tracey O’Brien, Carol Owen, Darlene Pearson, Jim Qualls, Cyndi Randolph, Marie Rich, Greg Schneider, Stephan Curcio and Cheryl Dunson.
The addition of the agents from Fulton Realty Associates increases the size of the Bullard Peachtree City/Fayette County office at 201 Prime Point to 82 agents. There are also three managers and support staff, headed by Managing Broker George Wiley.

The Fulton family’s activities in real estate go back to 1961, when Miriam Fulton, Jim Fulton’s mother, started selling homes and homesites for the developer of Peachtree City. This was just after the Fulton family had moved into one of the first new homes in Peachtree City.

Miriam Fulton founded Miriam Fulton Realty in 1971,and Jim Fulton joined her in 1972. When Jim Fulton received his broker’s license in 1975, he took over the operations of the company on a day-to-day basis. In January of 1991, the Fultons purchased a Coldwell Banker network-owned office in Peachtree City, merging it with their own office and becoming a Coldwell Banker affiliate. At that same time, the business name was changed from Miriam Fulton Realty to Coldwell Banker Fulton Realty Associates.

Jim Fulton, who plans to concentrate his efforts for Bullard Realty in the commercial real estate area, is a former chairman of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Peachtree City. He served as president of the Fayette County Board of Realtors and the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia, and he has been named Fayette County Business Person of the Year and Realtor of the Year.

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty is the oldest and largest real estate company headquartered in the Metro South area of Atlanta and was ranked #194 on RISMedia’s Real Estate 2007 Power Broker Report, which included 500 of the most successful real estate companies from throughout the nation. The company was ranked at No. 13 in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's most recent listing of “Atlanta's Top 25 Residential Real Estate Companies”, and it is the principal Cendant Mobility broker for the South and East Metro Atlanta areas, having the largest Relocation Department on the Southside. The company became a Coldwell Banker franchisee in early 1998 and is the largest Coldwell Banker franchise in Georgia.

The Bullard organization has its corporate headquarters and a local office in Jonesboro, branch offices of Bullard Realty in McDonough, Peachtree City, Jackson, Griffin, Newnan, and Conyers, and an affiliated company, American Land Mart in Conyers, which has a major share of the luxury home market in the Rockdale County area.

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