Diane Barnwell is an Atlanta native with over 24 years experience with buying, selling, managing, investing, renovating and financing real estate in the Atlanta market. She began her career as a lender with Trust Company Bank of Georgia, now known as SunTrust Bank, making personal loans to consumers throughout the metro Atlanta footprint. While in banking, Diane held various roles of increasing responsibility. In 2007 after 21 years in banking, Diane retired from Synovus Mortgage Corp. and Bank of North Georgia as Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer. Her banking experience includes commercial, residential and private banking lending. Diane's background in banking coupled with her integrity and discretion in working with high net worth individuals uniquely qualifies her to offer her clients a well rounded perspective when buying or selling real estate. Diane specializes in distressed properties, including short sales and foreclosures. As a seasoned real estate professional with extensive experience in short sales and foreclosures, Diane offers insight and value in today's challenging real estate market. With her policy of straight forward advice and honesty, Diane places her clients' interest above her own, not hesitating to tell her clients if she thinks they should make a different choice. She was recognized by her former employer as a top producer in 2009. Throughout her career, Diane has consistently ranked as a sales leader and she has been highly regarded by her clients for providing outstanding service and highly responsive relationship management. Diane received a B.A. in interior design from Georgia State University. With her strong financial background, her formal education in design and her marketing skills, Diane is well positioned to guide her clients through each real estate transaction. Diane is involved in the Atlanta community, including Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), a former certified hospice worker and a former member of the board of directors, American Liver Foundation, Georgia Chapter. Diane is an accredited relocation specialist and is certified as an EcoSmart Green agent. She is a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors®, Georgia Association of Realtors® and the National Association of Realtors®.