Look Who Just Won A New iPad Air…


Alisa Matheny with her new iPad and Managing Broker Grover Golden.

Here at Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand we like a little friendly competition so from May 1st through July 31st we had ourselves a listing contest. When the grand prize is a brand new iPad Air it should have been no surprise that everyone was in the race! Not only were our listing numbers through the roof but in the end nearly 30% of the listings taken during the contest period have either already sold or are currently under contract. It was a close contest and the lead agent changed many times but, in the home stretch one agent surpassed the rest so we would like to give big congratulations to Alisa Matheny who was the winner of the new iPad Air with a total of 17 listings at contest end!

Our runners up were not far behind, James Potts had 13 listings and Debbie Pitts finished with 12 listings; way to go guys!


New Road Named In Honor Of Roy Spinks

As printed in the Troup County News (February 13, 2015)

David Bell
Staff Writer

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The last piece of commercial property brokered and sold by local real estate icon Roy Spinks before his untimely death last September was what is now the new Walmart Neighborhood Market on LaFayette Parkway. Therefore, as a tribute to his efforts, as well as a lifelong commitment to business development throughout the community, the road leading to the store from the parkway has officially been named Roy Spinks Drive.

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The LaGrange City Council heard the second reading and gave final approval to an ordinance on Tuesday authorizing the name designation, followed by an unveiling of the road sign during a special ceremony Wednesday morning, which was attended by members of Mr. Spinks’ family.

“Roy lived by a very simple agenda – he put faith, family and the future of this community first, and he did business with unquestionable integrity”, said LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton. “The council and I are honored to memorialize his more than 40 years of service to our community”.

Roy Spinks passed away on September 17, 2014, after battling a rare illness known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a degenerative brain disorder that affects about one in every one-million people per year worldwide. The illness usually appears later in life and has a mortality rate of 90 percent for those diagnosed within the first year.

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Mr. Spinks was a senior partner with Coldwell Banker Spinks-Brown-Durand Realtors in LaGrange, and was a member of the national, state and local realtor associations. He was also very active in community and civic organizations as President of Twin Cedars Foundation, Community Bank and Trust Board, and the LaGrange College Center for Community Studies.

Among other positions spanning three decades, Mr. Spinks was Past Chairman of the Troup County Airport Authority, West Georgia Tech Foundation, Troup County Transportation Authority and LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Past President of United Way of West Georgia, LaGrange Lions Club and Highland Country Club.

“Throughout his life as a business and civic leader, Roy’s dedication and commitment to excellence made a positive impact on all of us, and we are still reaping the benefits today”, added Mayor Thornton at the conclusion of Wednesday’s ceremony.

Survey Says…


Who’s ready to play the Feud??

Matt Almand is son-in-law to Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand sales associate Cindy Fulks and her husband Jerry Fulks, President/CEO of West Georgia Health. Matt recently submitted an audition to the Family Feud and was selected to appear with family members. We are happy to announce that Cindy and her husband will appear alongside Matt. Other team members include Matt’s father and aunt. The “Almand” family shows will air on Feb. 16-18, at 7:30pm, on the CW station. Please check your local listings to see some familiar faces on national TV!
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We Aren’t Just About Sales! Just Ask Isabelle!

AdRecently, Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors’ sales associate, Isabelle Knight represented a client in the leasing of retail space in the Bridgewood Shopping Center
located at 300 Cigar shop  (6)Mooty Bridge Road (next to The Medicine Cabinet). The new tenant’s business is a smoke shop and cigar outlet boasting “cheapest prices in town”. You can also find typical convenience store items such as drinks and snacks, as well as gift items such as jewelry.

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The store manager is Jay Parikh and welcomes your business.

Check out the store today!

James Potts, “Double Agent”

We are so proud of James Potts and one of his most recent sales. He listed the historic Hogan House last spring after pursuing an expired listing. Within a few months, he received an inquiry from a buyer that eventually lead to an accepted offer. He handled both sides of the transaction with grace and professionalism. Check out the article below from the Troup County News article published on January 30, 2015.

Historic Hogan House to Become New Bed And Breakfast


David Bell
Staff Writer

An Australian couple has purchased the historic Argente’ Estate property on Main Street in Hogansville, and plan to utilize it for their private residence as well as a bed and breakfast. The house, built in 1895, was the home of William Hogan, for whom the City of Hogansville is named. It was totally restored in recent years by a previous owner.

Mark and Sheri Metternick-Jones were searching for a place to retire in the United States, and looked at literally hundreds of properties before deciding on the Hogan house.

“It had to be the right location, in a small town yet within proximity of a large city. It had to have a minimum acreage, an equal number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and preferably be a structure of historic significance to fit our overall plan. We found exactly what we were looking for in Hogansville”, said Sheri Metternick-Jones.

Sheri is a native of the United States, born and raised in Illinois, where she earned a degree in Animal Science. Her subsequent career took her to Australia, where she met and eventually married her husband, Mark. There, they raised a family on a farm outside of Perth along the country’s western coast.

The couple’s three children are moving with their parents to Hogansville. Hannah and Georgia, 21-year-old twin girls, both have theatrical degrees in Costume and Set Design. They plan to seek employment with Georgia’s flourishing film industry. Their brother, 19-year-old Silas, will be entering college this fall, but has not yet decided where to attend.

A group of City officials, downtown merchants, and James Potts from Coldwell Banker Spinks-Brown-Durand Realtors, who sold the property, gathered at Victoria Belle Mansion in Hogansville Tuesday afternoon to officially welcome the new family. During his greeting, Mayor Bill Stankiewicz recalled the first time he encountered citizens from the land down under.

“In 1973, I was playing on the U. S. rugby team in my hometown of Philadelphia, and we had a game against the Wallabies, which was the team from Australia. They really whooped us good, and I’ve never forgotten it. Nevertheless, I’m confident my experience with our new neighbors will be far more pleasant, and it is my honor to welcome you to Hogansville”, said Stankiewicz.

Mark Metternick-Jones is still in Australia and will join his family following the sale of their farm. They plan to open the bed and breakfast business in late spring or early summer.

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Christmas is Our Favorite Time of Year!

Here at Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors, we simply love Christmas. Whether we are decorating the office, or having a Christmas luncheon or being entertained by Benji the Elf, we are having fun.

I can scarcely imagine a better collection of people to work with other than our CBSBD agents and staff.

As we bring 2014 to a close, we reflect on the bittersweet year it has been. While we still mourn the loss of Roy (especially today with our first company gathering without him), we do celebrate the addition of 5 new agents in 2014.

We look forward to 2015 in hopes that it will be a year of prosperity and success company-wide that will do nothing but bring honor to Roy and his legacy.

Dan Has Always Been a Hero to Us!

Now the rest of the world knows it…

(as printed in the LaGrange Daily News)


Ben Yates Becomes New President/Qualifying Broker

Ben Yates Becomes New President/Qualifying Broker
For Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors

by David Bell
Staff Writer (Troup County News)

CBen 2010 website compressedoldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors has announced the appointment of Ben Yates as the company’s new President and Qualifying Broker. Yates has more than 30 years of real estate experience, and was long-time business partner of former company president Roy Spinks, who recently passed away following a brief illness.

“We are deeply saddened and still mourn the loss of Roy as our leader. He had an extraordinary talent for business and leadership, which combined with a genuine compassion for the people he worked with and served. It shall be my commitment to our current and future clients that the same level of consistent dedication will be maintained as we move forward”, said Yates.

In addition to a new broker, the company has hired four new agents this year. James Potts, Ron Martin, Shanna Alexander and Alisa Matheny are newly licensed realtors.

Established in 1973, Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors has been an industry leader in residential and commercial sales in West Georgia and East Alabama. Locally owned and operated, the company prides itself in its commitment to excellence and service. With two offices, located in LaGrange and West Point, the realty firm employs a total of 25 certified agents.


J. Roy Spinks, III (1951-2014)

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved company president Roy. He has worked tirelessly over the years to build the company we know as Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors. While he is gone from us, his legacy will go on. Our agents and staff will carry on in the same professional manner as to only bring honor to his name and memory. Please join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Roy Spinks.


John Roy Spinks, III, age 63, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the West Georgia Hospice after a brief illness.

Roy was born March 22, 1951 in LaGrange the son of Calvin T. Spinks, III and Charlene Muse Spinks. He attended public schools in LaGrange and graduated from LaGrange High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1973.

Upon graduation, Roy entered the real estate profession. Since 1987, he has served as President of Spinks, Brown & Durand, Inc., a multi-office real estate brokerage firm serving the LaGrange, GA, West Point, GA and Valley, AL markets. Roy was a member of the National Association of Realtors and held the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the National Association of Realtors and the GRI designation from the Georgia Association of Realtors. He was a life member of the Troup County Board of Realtors Professional Achievement Awards Program and was awarded the Gold Phoenix Award in 2007. He had also received the Circle of Distinction Award given by Coldwell Banker Commercial. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank & Trust – Troup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Bankshares, Inc.

Roy was actively involved in civic and charitable activities including the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), Troup County Airport Authority (Past Chairman), United Way of West Georgia (Past President), LaGrange Lions Club (Past President), West Georgia Tech Foundation (Past Chairman), LaGrange College Center for Community Studies (Board Member), LaGrange Personal Aid (Past President) and Twin Cedars Foundation (Past President). He was also a member of the Highland Country Club (Past President). He was a graduate of the Leadership Georgia Class of 1990. In 2005 he was inducted into the University of Georgia Gridiron Secret Society. Roy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange where he had served on the Session for three years and was a member of the class of 2014.

Roy’s hobbies included boating and flying. He was a licensed pilot and held a commercial license with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Roy is survived by his wife of 36 years, Tracy Yates Spinks of LaGrange; a daughter, Jennifer Spinks Upshaw and her husband, Michael, of Columbus; a son, Patrick Spinks and his wife, Erin, of LaGrange; his mother, Charlene M. Spinks of LaGrange; a sister, Gail S. Woodward and her husband, David (Woody), of LaGrange; a granddaughter, Lauren Upshaw of Columbus; an aunt, Helen W. Baker of LaGrange; a brother-in-law, Ben Yates and his wife, Laurie, of LaGrange; a sister-in-law, Tweety Yates, of Champagne, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

A service celebrating the life of Roy Spinks will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the First Baptist Church on the Square following a private burial. A visitation will follow the memorial service in the church. In lieu of flowers, those so desiring may contribute to Twin Cedars, the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, West Georgia Hospice or a favorite charity in memory of Roy Spinks.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

Another Closing, Another Satisfied Customer

Skip says, “Congratulations to Dwayne and Amy Seppala on their new home in Valley! It took some time but we found their perfect home. Thank you for allowing me to be your Realtor!!”


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