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Our Philosophy


Virtual Properties Realty was founded in 1999 by a mother/son broker team, Karen Burks and Steve Wagner. After being with RE/Max for nearly 10 years, they began to realize that the Re/Max franchise was just too large to keep up with the newest trends in technology. So they designed a company with specific enhancements in order to form a “more perfect real estate agency”. They set out to create something better for their agents and clients. Today Steve and Karen pride themselves for not only keeping up with cutting edge technology, but for providing their agents with superior training and broker support. Virtual Properties Realty has it’s own Real Estate school called (Georgia Realty School) and has stayed totally debt-free since it’s inception. VPR has since grown to be the largest privately owned Real Estate firm in Georgia with almost 3,000 agents. Between 07/01/2017 through 07/01/2018 VPR sold more than 8,000 properties totaling over $1.5 Billion in Sales. To better service their agents unique requirements, Virtual Properties Realty is comprised of three different companies with the same owners. GREC Firms: Virtual Properties Realty.COM H-31589, Virtual Properties Realty.NET H-62748 and Virtual Properties Realty.BIZ H-45477.

Our Company Name


Many people are curious about how the name “Virtual Properties Realty” came about. In 1999, when Steve and Karen started their company, Virtual Tour photography for listings did not exist. A very expensive Virtual Tour camera with Virtual Tour software, however, did exist – so Steve decided to buy a Virtual Tour camera, thereby becoming one of the first Realtors in Georgia to do Virtual Tour listings. Thus, the name Virtual Properties Realty became the company name. The name is still relevant today because VPR agents like showcasing their listings using the best Virtual Tour photography available. They also like to use the slogan, “Headquartered in Atlanta but virtually everywhere”.


We will always strive to do what is right and fair, and maintain a win-win environment for everyone associated with the company. Whatever level of success we achieve, at the end of the day, it will be our honesty and integrity that matters most. Virtual Properties Realty will always seek to be a leader in the implementation of technology coupled with the expertise of our experienced brokers, Realtors, and staff. Most of all, Virtual Properties Realty wants to succeed through managed growth. We will endeavor to keep the human element first, by remaining a family run, privately owned company.


Because many of our agents and staff feel thankful for their many blessings they have chosen to give back and donate regularly the following charities:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Children’s Health Care of Atlanta
  • Delmar Gardens
  • Gwinnett Humane Society