George was reared on a small family farm in eastern North Carolina – in the triangle of Beautancus, Harvey Myers Store and Rones Chapel. As a young lad he learned to milk cows, birth pigs, pluck chickens, drive tractors and trucks, and ‘crop’ tobacco. Though in his high school years he thought he wanted to be a farmer – just as his dad had been since returning from WWII – once he went to East Carolina University (ECU) he quickly learned there was a different … and less physically demanding … way to earn a living. As George entered ECU in the mid-1970s, the business department was undertaking the creation of a real estate program, the first ever in N.C., and from which George graduated in 1978.
Before graduation, George desired to enter the commercial real estate arena and, as such, his first job out of ECU was to be with a commercial real estate firm. However, within the first year following his graduation from ECU the firm’s owner decided to “close the doors” and pursue a different real estate related venture. As the old adage goes, “all things happen for a reason.” To this end, with his freshly minted real estate license and college diploma (with a specialty in real estate), George was encouraged to teach the local community college’s real estate licensing course, as the school’s instructor of many years had relocated to another part of the state.
Ever since George taught his first real estate course – a 30-hour licensing course – a mere 3-months following his graduation from ECU and 4-months after receiving his real estate license … he has been hooked on real estate instruction. Serving the next several years in the training division of the newly formed Century 21 of the Carolina's regional office, George obtained more real estate experience from those that had gone before him than any single REALTOR possibly could obtain in a lifetime of personal practice.
Learning so very much from so many at the impressionable age of 21, George quickly put his new found “experience” to work and, among other early successes, had his first real estate book published by Prentice-Hall Publishing Company when he was just 31 years old.
Lastly, during his 44-year career as a real estate broker and instructor, George has been blessed to have made many friends across the country and to have received many honors, including:
Awarded the N.C. Real Estate Educator-of-the-Year Award in both 2012 and 1991 by the
NC Real Estate Educator Association
Awarded the Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Education Award in 2021 by the N.C. Real Estate Commission
Awarded the Billie J. Mercer Excellence in Education Award in 2012 by the N.C. Real Estate Commission
Awarded the REALTOR-of-the-Year in 2009 by the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS
Served as the 1994-95 President of the International Real Estate Educator Association - REEA
Served as the 1989-90 President of the N.C. Real Estate Educator Association - NCREEA
Inducted into the NC REALTOR's Hall of Fame - 2014 and Winston-Salem REALTORS - 2019
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Bell First Group
Chief Support Leader and Owner of Forsyth Realty Group - www.ForsythRealty.com
Eleanor's real estate career as a full-time real estate professional began in 1986. As a life-long resident of Winston-Salem, her experience and knowledge of the area and market has helped put both buyers and sellers at ease. From first time home buyers to experienced home sellers, building relationships is important to her. She strives to balance the personal and business needs of each of her clients and their transactions. At the end of the day, "your satisfaction is what my business is built upon."
Eleanor also serves as Chief Support Leader at Arbor Press,
the publishing division of George Bell Productions, Ltd.
Forsyth Realty Group