A commitment to big dreams and a willingness to help others
That’s about all Justin “JZ” Ziegler had after 2007’s economic recession brought layoffs to Atlanta’s non-profit sector. Once a development officer for the Southeast’s largest AIDS service organization, he found himself counting coins and new contacts after early morning shifts at a busy Midtown coffee shop.
A longtime student of Atlanta’s property market, JZ had at many times considered a career in real estate. In 2011, the newly formed Common Ground Real Estate team of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta gave him the opportunity he’d been looking for: work your way up and thank us when you’re at the top.
After several months of catching deals dropped by other agents and turning those coffeehouse contacts into clients, JZ became a productive full-time REALTOR®.
Within a year, as a principal at Common Ground, he moved the team from rented desks in cube land to a permanent storefront in the heart of downtown Decatur.
Common Ground now boasts 25+ REALTORS® supported by Ziegler as president, a full-time director of operations and marketing team. We’re confident that our balance of sales history, client service and community involvement brings a winning scenario to the closing table.
We’re proud of the recognitions from our broker, the Atlanta Association of REALTORS® and several local publications, but our greatest accomplishments are the lifelong partnerships forged with clients who’ve become friends, one transaction at the time.
Awards & Accomplishments
2017 Best Business Person – The GA Voice Newspaper
2017, 2016, 2014, 2012 Best Real Estate Agent – The GA Voice Newspaper
2016-2013 Atlanta Association of REALTORS® – Multi-Million Dollar Club
2015 Atlanta Agent Magazine – Best Agent Website
2014 Pinnacle Award Winner, Dekalb Board of REALTORS®
2014 PalmerHouse Properties #3 Individual Agent (Sales)
2013 Pinnacle Award Winner, Dekalb Board of REALTORS®
2013 “Bestest REALTOR” – ProjectQAtlanta’s “Bestest of the Best of Gay Atlanta”
2011 GLAAD Leadership Council Award Recipient
CommonCreativ Magazine’s 2011 “50 Most Creative Atlantans”
Fenuxe Magazine’s “50 most Prominent and Influential” 2010
Cambridge “Who’s Who” of Business Executives
The Living Room – Keystone Donor Society
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – Federal Club
American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP)
Lupus Foundation of America
Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC)
For The Kid
Stonewall Bar Association
Actor’s Express Theater
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