About Chris Hough, CNE
Business Partner of the Year Award, 2018 Fulton Schools
Hapeville Elementary School Governance Board, Member
As a third generation REALTOR, Chris Hough started in real estate as a teenager where he would tour homes with his mother and her clients, learning the business by osmosis. Resisting the family business, he spent his 20’s in New York City’s SoHo and Brooklyn Heights districts managing the showrooms of a well-known furniture designer specializing in Bauhaus.
In 1994, with interest rates at a historical low, Chris traded the New York City lights for the rapidly growing Atlanta skyline and finally joined his mother in her successful real estate business at Prudential Atlanta Realty, which is now known as Berkshire Hathaway. After only one year, his Managing Broker took a Vice President position at the prestigious and growing firm of Jenny Pruitt & Associates and invited Chris and his mother to join her as Charter Members in the high-end community of East Cobb County. Jenny Pruitt & Associates was later absorbed into Berkshire Hathaway’s boutique brokerage: Harry Norman Realtors.
Chris has served in the role of supporting Broker, then Managing Broker in Marietta, Georgia. Along with his experience here and at Harry Norman Realtors, he gained the attention of his peers and developed a Team of Agents that eventually morphed into what was destined to become a brokerage. By 2015, with a generous investment from his mother-in-law, Maria Valladares Garcia, he purchased a franchise with Weichert Realtors in Morris Plains, New Jersey to open across from Porsche and Delta Airlines headquarters in Hapeville, Georgia; on the south end of downtown Atlanta.
From three generations of real estate professionals, Chris is the first to own his own brokerage, now shared with his son: Nick Hough, a fourth generation REALTOR, who is a successful agent in his own right and who is the General Manager of the firm.