Donna Austin

Credentials: 2008 REALTOR of the Year, B.S. in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting. Real Estate Broker; Graduate, REALTOR Institute, GRI; Certified Residential Specialist, CRS

Experience: Donna has been in the real estate industry for 36 years. Recent notable distinctions for the Donna Austin Team include the 2007 International Presidents Circle (in the top 11% of teams globally) and yearly recognition as Top Producing Team since 2005. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker, Donna had been inducted into the Century 21™ Masters Hall of Fame in addition to earning numerous Gold Centurion awards. She was the 2007 President of the Catawba Valley Associations of Realtors and continues to serve on their board.

About Me: As a native of Catawba County, I am familiar with the things that will be important to you in your move--schools, restaurants, entertainment, churches, and neighborhoods. Let me give you a tour and introduce you to Catawba County. I can help you from start to finish. From deciding on a home to completing your loan!



John Lamonica

Credentials: 2007 REALTORof the Year, Associates Degree in Applied Science, Accredited Buyer Representative, ABR; Certified Residential Specialist, CRS; Graduate, REALTOR™ Institute, GRI; Catawba Valley Association of REALTORS™, Member; North Carolina Association of REALTORS™ and National Association of REALTORS™, Member

Experience: John as been engaged in the real estate profession for 30 years. He specializes in assisting families relocate to the area, residential properties and income producing properties.

About Me: Since my family and I relocated to the Hickory/Catawba County area in 1986, I can relate well with the families I work with, from setting up school interviews to researching the nearest swim club for a family member. I listen to my clients' wants and needs and do not push or oversell.



Starr Franklin

Credentials: Sales Associate, REALTOR™ , Broker

Experience: Native born to the Catawba Valley Area which covers 4 counties, Starr has been in Real Estate 20 years. As an Award Winning Agent on her on merits she also had the privilege of "learning the business" from some of the best Realtors in the business!!  Such as being a part of the "Donna Austin Team", which is an Award Winning, Top Producing Multi-Million Dollar Team in the Catawba Valley Area. 

A true people person, Starr's favorite part of being a REALTOR™ is the opportunity to become acquainted with so many interesting people and help them realize their goals. She respects the fact that this isn't like any other purchase, unless you're an investor, your home is where you live and raise your family. Her sense of empathy for the emotion that goes into buying or selling a home could be the reason why so many of her former clients are her present friends. She also enjoys a great working relationship with her peers such as other RE Brokers, Mortgage Brokers and Attorneys. 

About Me: It's never the same transaction twice. So you really have to think "Okay, to get this done, what do I do to help this person?" OR, "How do I help my Client reach their new goal here?" It's really about the individual and tailoring my services to meet their needs. And then stepping back to see the results at Closing and see their smiling faces. To me that makes it all worthwhile, knowing I've made a positive impact in someone's life.