Our Story


Our company was founded in 2010 by Mike and Kathleen Kelly. They had been working together as a team with a local large franchise firm and decided that it was time to go out on their own. Both Mike and Kathleen grew up in entrepreneurial families so it was a natural progression for them to strike out on their own.

For 12 years the company was known as Hickory Real Estate Group and had grown to over 40 agents.

In December 2022 after a lot of soul searching and research they decided that the best way to continue to grow their business was to become the owners of a local Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate franchise and that is how they became Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Foothills.

Better Homes and Garden® Real Estate (BHGRE®) is the only real estate lifestyle brand backed by the name recognition and trust of one of America’s most iconic brands. This partnership offers access and insights into a network of dedicated, brand loyal consumers. BHGRE® takes this connection and empowers affiliated agents and brokers to leverage it by providing them with best-in-class tools and training, supported by Anywhere, the world’s largest real estate brokerage franchisor.

Our goal is to help our clients achieve their real estate dreams by providing great customer service using the latest technology and tools to maintain life long relationships.

We are members of the Catawba Valley REALTOR® association  and Canopy MLS servicing Hickory, Newton, Conover, Maiden, Granite Falls, Hudson, Lenoir, Taylorsville, Bethlehem, Mountain View and the Lake Hickory Area.

Let us help you with your home buying and selling needs.


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