Riezl Baker



Featured image courtesy Stacey Prewett Photography


Riezl Baker is a realtor with Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group. 

706.347.2625 | rbaker@luxurylakeoconee.com 

www.luxurylakeoconee.com 


My business: I’ve been a full-time realtor in Lake Oconee for over 20 years and have witnessed the community evolve. My husband and I launched our brokerage in January having no idea that a pandemic would change the world. We were determined to succeed by providing professional service and staying engaged with our clients during the most challenging times. We are now seeing the results of our hard work with over $40 million in sales for the first half of the year.

How have you risen to the challenges of COVID-19: We have a very driven and efficient team at Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate. During shelter-in-place, we stayed engaged with our clients by using different technology platforms to continue to actively market our properties and reach buyers. Virtual tours and video conferencing are now part of the “new normal” way of conducting our business.

Advice to other women in business: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s advice to women to always “sit at the table” resonated with me. I am reminded of a time I walked into a boardroom full of powerhouse CEOs. Was I intimidated because I was the only female in the room? No, because I came prepared. The only way you can clearly articulate your thoughts and be confident that you will be heard is to educate yourself and master the subject matter. And as Sandberg pointed out, “don’t expect to get the corner office by sitting on the sidelines.”

Lessons you learned from the pandemic: The pandemic and my 20+ years in real estate have taught me resilience. When you see the market boom and decline, you learn to bounce back, regroup and reenergize yourself. The pandemic also reminded me to be grateful. I was recently inspired by a quote from an amazingly strong woman, Karn Rutulante, who reminded me that “each day is a gift. Be grateful for all that you have, for it is so much more than many.”

Who is your inspiration: My late grandfather, a World War II veteran and a Bataan Death March survivor who instilled in me a strong work ethic and sense of gratitude. An amputee, he was a model of courage who lived his life serving others.