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The Good Life Group – Lake Lanier, Luxury & Executive Home Specialists

The Good Life Group (GLG) is part of Keller Williams Lanier Partners. This hard-working team has been the top-selling group for property on beautiful Lake Lanier in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains since 2012. Because they specialize, they are able to stay apprised of any issues relating to lake property, the US Army Corps of Engineers, watershed issues, dock rules and permits, and other topics that are key to a successful lake sale or purchase. Not only do they follow which properties are on the market right now, but they have a long list of “pocket” listings from people who are thinking about selling their lakefront houses in the future. These homes don’t show up on any listing service, but the GLG closes a lot of transactions from these pocket listings. They also have a fantastic list of resources and tradesmen they work with including dock companies, trustworthy contractors, tree cutters that know the Corps’ rules, mortgage companies who specialize in lake and 2nd home investments, attorneys who know the rules of the lake, and more.

The Good Life Group (GLG) was created by Bev Knight. Her goal was to provide a dependable, knowledgeable resource for people who are buying and selling Lake Lanier homes. In trying to navigate the myriad of rules, regulations, and gotchas that plague that particular market, and she felt like it was a niche that fit her business background and utilized her love for the lake. Bev has been the top agent on Lake Lanier since 2012, and the GLG has been the top team. They are known to be one of most aggressive advertisers of property on Lake Lanier. They are innovative in a variety of ways including custom street signs that show a picture of the dock so passers-by can see the most important feature of the lake house, custom home books, professional photography and video tours, drone photography, professionally produced two-sided color flyers and so much more. Because they are dedicated to the lake, they subscribe to a number of lake-only sites to help reach a national and even international audience. Adding to the marketing mix, they have done radio advertising and even TV spots. You will see GLG ads in various Lake Lanier publications including Lakeside News where Bev writes a quarterly column on Lake Lanier real estate. In an average year, the GLG spends well over $100,000 on promoting their listings which is part of the reason their sales and closing statistics are so robust. If a buyer is looking for a lake home, he will see the homes listed by The Good Life Group.

Each GLG agent is encouraged to take classes that enhance their skills and expertise. As a result, every member of the team is a top producer, and each agent is well-respected in the industry. All of the team members are experienced, award-winning agents with a strong work ethic and a dedication to the success of their clients. Click on the names below to read more about the backgrounds and talents of each of these dedicated professionals.

Bev Knight – Lead Agent and GLG Founder

When you meet Bev, you’ll agree that she is a business woman to the core. Her goal was to create a group that deals exclusively in Lake Lanier property but with a businesslike, market-oriented approach. With the motto “…when you’re ready for the good life!” the logical name was The Good Life Group. It is part of the group’s mission statement for each team member to be professional in every way, accessible (yes, they do answer their phones), up-to-date on any issues regarding Lake Lanier, and an exceptional resource to buyers and sellers of lake property.

A rare native Atlantan, Bev grew up visiting Lake Lanier. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a business degree in Information Systems and minors in both marketing and management. She spent many years in the software industry performing a variety of tasks; and, in time, went into consulting. She helped software and communications companies set up training, documentation, product marketing, usability studies, testing, product design and much more. Eventually, she opened her own firm, BGK Design Services, where she assisted small businesses with web design and marketing. Once her children went off to college, she and her husband moved up to their dream home on Lake Lanier (in the hopes of giving the kids a reason to come home more often…which worked!) She fell in love with the area and started investing in lake property. She discovered a deep love for real estate, and decided to get her license. Now, she is a specialist in lake property, loves it, and she uses her marketing and Internet background as a tool to get the word out about her properties. She does not consider herself a salesperson at all. Instead, she is a problem-solver, and her clients appreciate the distinction between those two approaches.

Bev is married to Tim Knight who owns Knight Commercial Real Estate, a commercial real estate company that specializes in retail developments. The Knights have two wonderful sons, Matt and Chris. Matt graduated from Davidson College in Charlotte, NC where he played baseball (pitcher) and majored in Economics and Spanish. He is the owner of Blackhawk Capital, a firm that funds business deals, especially commercial real estate. He is married to former volleyball star Emily Adams Knight, and they have two precious little boys. Chris graduated from Georgia State where he majored in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He is now a top notch builder specializing in residential construction in some of the red-hot areas of Atlanta. The whole family loves spending time on the lake.

In her spare time, Bev Knight likes to dance, especially line dancing and salsa. She is also active in her church where she sometimes teaches Sunday School. An avid reader, she helped to start a book club in her neighborhood. She loves people, enjoys real estate, and works very hard to make sure that her clients’ needs are served. If you are interested in listing your lake property or would like help in choosing a buyer’s agent, call Bev Knight at 770 536-4416 or email her at bevknig@bellsouth.net.

Dani Burns, Broker & former brokerage owner

Dani Burns, joined The Good Life Group in December of 2010. (She pronounces her name like “Dana.”) She moved to Lake Lanier in 2006 with two adorable little boys. She was raised in Blue Ridge, Georgia and attended North Georgia College and State University. When you meet Dani, you will be drawn to her positive energy, ability to listen, and market knowledge. As a “people” person and business-savvy professional, her clients will tell you that she is well-suited to work with people to help them make informed decisions about their most important purchases, their homes.

Dani decided to get into real estate after spending a summer working at an attorney’s office. She felt like it was the ideal job for her personality and skill set. She loves interacting with people, seeing new scenery (especially great homes), and negotiating the best deal for her clients. Because she is a very good listener, she has enjoyed great success finding the right home for her clients and has been a multi-million dollar producer. Before she joined The Good Life Group, she had eight years of experience selling real estate and three years as a licensed broker. She owned her own firm, Investors Realty of Georgia, and it shows in the level of professionalism and dedication she brings to the job.

Dani originally took on the role as an investment property specialist with The Good Life Group and did a great job. Today, Dani coordinates our luxury listings in her area, and she is also our north Hall County expert. She works with buyers and sellers both on and off the lake. She is a certified luxury agent through the Institute for Luxury Marketing.

Not surprisingly, Dani’s favorite pass-time is playing with her boys. She loves being a mom and has proudly served as president of the Mount Vernon Elementary School PTSA. She and her husband Mark like to hike, travel, and entertain. On warm days, you will find her enjoying lake living, skiing, tubing, floating around and grilling out with family and friends. They are active members of an awesome church and very active in the community. Dani is well-versed in all categories of Lake Lanier property, but she is particularly skilled when it comes to investments, trades, and luxury homes. She is easy to talk to, positive, and a tough negotiator. If this sounds like what you’re looking for in a lake agent, please contact Dani at 706 455-3076 or email her at danipbrown@gmail.com.

Darlene Plavcan – Buyer/Seller Agent, Investments

In the fall of 2014, The Good Life Group was very proud to announce its newest team member, Darlene Plavcan. A native Georgian and long time Lake Lanier resident, Darlene has a first-hand knowledge of this market including all the joys and responsibilities of lake property ownership. She and her husband Dennis spent many years remodeling and restoring homes in this area as well as in Florida. Through that experience, she became an expert in investment property, staging, and renovation issues. They continue to own and manage several successful rental properties, so she has an in-depth understanding of the great potential as well as the challenges of that business.

All of Darlene’s professional experience has lead to her proficiency in real estate. For many years, she owned and managed an interior design firm and floor-covering company. This background allows her to help sellers stage their homes to insure maximum offers at a minimum cost. She was hired by The Good Life Group to coordinate their investment properties segment for both buyers and sellers. Because so many lake homes are also investment property, Darlene immediately brought a new level of insight and expertise to the group. Her clients would describe her as extremely positive, knowledgeable, and committed to making their real estate experience as efficient and pain-free as possible. From her first day, she became a top producer and important member of the team. Not only is she a valuable resource on investment property issues, but her smile and enthusiasm add a great energy to the group. Darlene is also a certified luxury agent through the Institute for Luxury Marketing as well as a certified negotiation specialist.

If you are interested in investment properties or other types of real estate on or off the lake, contact Darlene today at 678-300-1275 or email her at darleneplavcan@gmail.com.

Donilyn Hodge – Agent, Buyers & Sellers

Donilyn Hodge, a rare native Atlantan, is the newest member of The Good Life Group.  She grew up in the middle of the Milton horse country and has lived north of the Atlanta Perimeter her entire life; so, the GA 400 corridor comprises familiar territory for this home-grown girl.  She graduated from the University of Georgia and the Terry College of Business with a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. She has always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit and a keen sense of business. Founder of an auto insurance agency and partner in an online inspirational gift site are just two of the many hats she has worn over the years. Additionally, she worked with a sports agent handling off-field marketing for some of the biggest names in baseball.  While she has navigated many career interests, Donilyn has always been drawn to the real estate business.  Her eye for style and penchant for entertaining has endowed her with a passion for placing clients in the home that best fits their taste and lifestyle. Before earning a real estate license, she enjoyed and successfully helped place friends and family members in their dream homes. Most importantly, Donilyn knows the importance of making a house a home and always serves people before property. It’s this attention to meeting your unique needs that drives her dedication to finding the perfect spot her buyers can call home. 

Donilyn and her husband have enjoyed supporting Young Life and their church over the years.  When not showing homes, Donilyn can be found cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, which included her daughter who rode on the UGA equestrian team.  She fully embraces the North Georgia lifestyle enjoying time on the lake, in the mountains, and on the golf course with her family.  When you’re ready for the good life, Donilyn is here to help you to find the right home. If you are interested in selling, Donilyn is an expert in the property up and down the GA 400 corridor all the way to Dahlonega, so give her a call today at 404-271-4479 or email her at dhodge@kw.com.

Sue Lynn Montazeri – Agent, Buyers & Sellers

Sue Lynn was welcomed into the Good Life Group in 2018. As an important part of this high-achieving group, she brings with her years of experience in luxury sales and home design. Clearly a “people person,” she has a wonderful way of making clients feel comfortable and well-supported. Her varied career has taken many turns that eventually pointed her to the field of residential real estate. Every step of the way, she was recognized for her intellect, poise, commitment to customer service and outstanding work ethic. 

Sue Lynn grew up in a rural Oklahoma community in a very loving and supportive family with very high expectations. She attended Oklahoma State University and treasures the high moral and values system that she was blessed to be immersed in. She and her husband Al have lived in Georgia for the past 27 years starting in Buckhead and working their way up the GA400 corridor to her current residence in Dahlonega. 

You will find her to be a very interesting person. An avid do-it-yourselfer, she refinishes antiques, loves to build things, and is an expert at researching any number of topics. Her background is evident in her floral design hobby (both fresh and dried) and other talents required in home design. She can talk about home finishes with any expert in that field, and sometimes can teach them a thing or two. 

If Sue Lynn sounds like a good fit for your real estate needs, you can reach her at suelynn@kw.com or 706-300-4689.


Jamie Bishop – Marketing Coordinator

The newest member of our team is our vivacious Marketing Coordinator, Jamie Bishop. A licensed agent, Jamie brings an abundance of energy, enthusiasm, and positivity to our group. She graduated from Southern Polytechnic State where she majored in Construction Management / Development. She has worked in a variety of real estate-related jobs, but definitely found her calling as the Marketing Coordinator for the GLG. Her duties could fill a book, but in essence, she is the glue that keeps us all together. She creates marketing literature, updates web sites, manages mail campaigns, coordinates sign installations, handles our social media posts, and oversees all of our schedules. She occasionally shows property for the team members, checks on weekend homes for our clients, and basically fills in for the GLG agents whenever she is needed. She is great at what she does, and we are so blessed to have her on our team.

Most people would describe Jamie as a social butterfly. She has never met a stranger, and is pretty much loved by all. She is an avid scuba diver and enjoys all manner of water sports. Originally from Valdosta, she grew up just a short drive from several lakes as well as the ocean, so that is where her love of the water was born. Jamie is what we Georgians call “a peach.” If you need to reach Jamie for any reason, her phone number is 404-803-3231, and her email address is jamiebishop@kw.com.