Forrest Team of REALTORS® Lenders

SouthEast Mortgage

  • NameMatt Scout
  • LicenseNMLS #929657, GA MLO #38747
  • Phone480-636-6762
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Whether you are buying, selling, refinancing or building your dream home, you have a lot riding on the performance of your mortgage professional. Since market conditions and loan programs can change rapidly, you need to deal with someone who is on top of the game. Matthew Scout can help you explore the many innovations and options to get the mortgage that is right for your family. Providing special care and attention to each of his clients is Matthew’s number one priority. He makes sure he is delivering superior service from application to close for both real estate professionals and clients. Matthew is a native of Blenheim, New Jersey and received his Bachelor’s degree from Brenau University majoring in business and music. When not finding the perfect loan for his clients, Matthew likes to golf, wakeboard and play his trumpet for various churches in the Atlanta and Gainesville area. NMLS #929657, GA MLO #38747 Office: (770) 279-0222, Ext. 373 Cell: (480) 636-6762 Fax: (770) 847-7113 Email:

ruth and Lending Team at Highland Mortgage

  • NameBrandon Byrd
  • LicenseNMLS# 209657
  • Phone404-915-8252
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Brandon Byrd, Sr. Mortgage Banker at Highland Mortgage, is an Atlanta native and has been a top producer in the mortgage industry for 20+ years. He grew up in the business with his grandparents owning their own real estate brokerage and building company. His father and step mother are still active real estate agents to this day while his mother, after having a fulfilling career as a mortgage banker, now helps run his stepfather’s appraisal company. You could say this industry is in his blood.

Brandon has worked in many facets of the home financing industry. In 2002 Brandon joined Market Street Mortgage as a loan officer assistant. He quickly worked his way up to wearing hats in the processing, underwriting, and closing departments giving him insight into every department of the mortgage industry.

In addition to having more than two decades of experience, Brandon is also a graduate of the Xinnix Mortgage Academy, a training program specifically for loan originators. Even with his advanced knowledge and mastery of the business, Brandon prioritizes education, personal connection, and spending time communicating with agents, builders, and clients.

When Brandon is not working on helping buyers achieve their homeownership dreams, he spends his time with his husband of 22 years and their two dogs in East Atlanta, fixing up his Tiki Bar and tending to his orchids. You will likely find them working remotely from their motorhome, probably thousands of miles away, when they are not at home.

New American Funding

  • NameKelly Kott
  • LicenseNMLS # 1103824
  • Phone404-358-6829
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Kelly Kott is a dedicated Sr. Loan Consultant with solid experience in home loan origination. Kelly Kott, NMLS #1103824 is ready to meet the needs of the community and demonstrate why so many clients have put their trust in New American Funding over the years. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 4.95 /5.0 based on 58 reviews

Legacy Mortgage Team at Goldwater Bank, N.A.

  • NameArt Wood
  • LicenseCorporate NMLS# 452955
  • Phone404-909-3567
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Art Wood is not your typical mortgage guy… With a passion for people and for making things happen, Art takes the mortgage process from what could be scary, overwhelming and intimidating, to a seamless and rewarding experience. Art wants to be your mortgage guy for life, and not just the guy that worked on your mortgage. “I believe in getting to know each and every client as family, sorting through available options, and finding the right mortgage fit.” Art loves to make people happy and he will go out of the way to make that happen. He has been in the mortgage business since 2005, and is currently Branch Manager of Legacy Mortgage Team at Goldwater Bank, N.A., in downtown Tucker, GA. Art grew up in Tucker, attended Erskine College in South Carolina, and lives in nearby Stone Mountain with his wife Karen and their two young children, Trace and McKenna. He is the founder of Fuse Networking at Smoke Rise, an active member of the Lilburn Business Association, the Tucker Business Association, and a board member at Smoke Rise Country Club. Art is also very involved with the community. He leads Sunday worship at Tucker First United Methodist Church (Table 153), and organizes a quarterly event, “Pints and Praise,” to benefit NG3, an organization focused in developing character and providing spiritual growth for high school athletes. Additionally, Art is one of the main organizers of two acclaimed community events, Taste of Tucker and Tucker’s Chili Cook Off, both benefiting local charities. It’s all that he does that makes Art Wood who he is: family guy, community guy, and definitely…not your typical mortgage guy.

NRL Mortgage

  • NameDerek Van Dam
  • License181407
  • Phone770-713-8482
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About Forrest Team of REALTORS

Buying or selling a home?

When it comes to home buying you want a qualified and experienced agent that has your best interests in mind. That’s why you want the experienced team of Forrest Team of REALTORS to help you with your real estate needs. They’re experienced, professional and readily available to answer all of your home-buying questions. They’re also proud to be aligned with one of the Southeast’s leading real estate brokerages, PalmerHouse Properties.

Forrest Team of REALTORS is a Georgia Tradition

Real Estate is nothing new to Bill. His license first was held at his family’s firm Dee Forrest and Company REALTORS over 24 years ago just outside Athens, GA. Since then his experience has grown beyond just residential sales. He expanded his knowledge and skillsets to include:

Vacation properties
Rental property sales & management
Commercial Properties
Business brokerage
We are dedicated to helping you achieve your real estate goals with rigorous standards and extraordinary integrity. Expect us to provide a sound and seamless real estate experience for you now and in the future! And count on Bill and Forrest Team of REALTORS to serve you with passion, knowledge and transparency.

From your very first meeting to the day of closing, Bill and Forrest Team of REALTORS will be here to provide you with best-in-class service to help you buy or sell a home. Equipped with the finest tools and technology and expect guidance through every step of the real estate transaction.

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