Mike & Kathleen Kelly, Hickory NC REALTORS (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Foothills) Real Estate Agent



Mike & Kathleen Kelly
location_on Hickory, NC — Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Foothills
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
NC #249439
Get to Know Mike & Kathleen Kelly

We moved to Hickory NC in 2005 from South Jersey. While we miss our family and friends in NJ, we have made the Hickory area our home and can not imagine living anywhere else.  We raised our kids here and have seen this area thrive in recent years. We love the fact that we are in a small town with some big city amenities but are only an hour or so from  Charlotte and Asheville. 

Mike started working as an agent in 2006 and fell in love with helping people buy and sell homes. After a few years as a top producing agent we decided to strike it out on our own and created our own real estate firm  in 2010. Mike is still a  practicing agent but he is also focused on developing our agents and giving them the tools they need to be successful.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, feel free to reach out to me and I will be happy to pair you with one of our expert agents to walk you through the process. 

If you are interested in getting into real estate and are not sure how to get started, Click Here   for more information about working with us at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Foothills. 

Hickory Real Estate Group, Inc. - Let's get you moving.


Mike Kelly Jr.

CRS, GRI, GREEN Broker Owner, Group Leader



Full time, full service REALTOR®
Trained professional negotiator 
Knowledge of computer technology 
Multi-million dollar producer 
Marketing expertise 
Problem solver 
Property Management Experience

NC Licensed Broker
Graduate, REALTORS Institute, GRI 
Certified Residential Specialist, CRS

National Association of REALTORS®, member

Single-family residences 
New construction sales 
Luxury properties 
First-time buyers 
Investment properties 
Lot/Land Sales 
Lake front property 
Energy Efficient for Homes

Real Estate Finance 
Listening skills to identify your needs 
Innovative sales & marketing strategies for clients 
Effective negotiating strategies for clients 
Knowledge to effectively close a deal 
Investment Property 
Energy Efficiency 

Buyer Representative 
Luxury Properties 
New Homes 
First Time Buyers 


Catawba Valley Associations of Realtors 
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce 
Hickory - Catawba Valley Home Builders Association 



February 2010 - Present:
REALTOR/EcoBroker/Owner of the HICKORY REAL ESTATE GROUP Now Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Foothills

June 2008 - February 2010:
REALTOR/Broker with CENTURY 21 American Homes

August 2006 - June 2008:
REALTOR/Broker with Prime Properties, a Discount Broker 

Self Employed Real Estate Investor 
Manager for TJ Maxx 
Assistant Manager for KMart 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / Human Resource Management 
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 



2014 REALTOR OF THE YEAR ~ Catawba Valley Association of Realtors 


2009 RUBY AWARD~ Century 21

Seller SOLD a home in 2014
Mike was our seller's agent for a mountain house near Hickory, NC. Mike was very responsive, took great pictures, offered valuable advice and made inspection items a snap by coordinating the work so we didn't have to worry about a thing. His company has great tools that notified us of showings and allowed us to see the feedback provided by the buyers' agents. Mike was fantastic and made this experience very easy for us - highly recommend!
Buyer PURCHASED a home in 2013
I would put anyone into Mikes hands because he is a gentlemen and a master at what is does. I feel in order to be good at anything we do in life we must love what we do ! Mike loves his job and deals with people with people very well. I am from mass and when I first spoke to mike about moving here he was very helpful in all ways . I asked him a million questions about everything and not only homes but everything in Hickory. I am a contractor and a carpenter so this was not going to be easy dealing with me because I was so fussy about what I wanted. Before I came to Hickory to look at houses I looked at hundreds and hundreds of houses and when I had questions or asked Mike to go and take some pics for me of certain things he always acted quickly for me. Mike has a sharp eye and pays attention to details which is very important to me.I was coming down for 1 week and I gave Mike a list of homes to see. Mike even took time from his family on a Sunday to make sure we saw all the houses we needed to see in that week and in that week we found a beautiful home at a great price. Mike even had people do to all the inspections for us and they were great people too. We bought the house in April 1 and moved in 1 week before school started. I would always recommend Hickory Real Estate Group to everyone because you would never go wrong with Mike !!
Mike is very knowledgeable, patient, and responsive. He helped us to find and reach an agreement on a home but unfortunately, the home simply had too many issues. Not only has he become our trusted realtor but a dear friend as well. We will keep searching Mike!
Buyer BOUGHT a home in 2011
Mike is really committed to each client and dedicates himself fully to finding you the perfect place. He's flexible, patient, and always looking out for you first. This was our first experience buying a house and we could have easily become overwhelmed. Mike did a great job working with us through the whole process and made everything simple and easy to manage. Hickory Real Estate is small but agile, and they focus on the client, not their bottom line. They provide a level of service you just can't get with some larger franchise realty company. I'm recommending Hickory Real Estate to everyone I know.
Seller/Buyer SOLD & PURCHASED homes in 2013
Hickory Real Estate Group enough. We recently sold our home through HREG and through their true understanding of real estate marketing our house sold in 5 days! They also were with us through every step of the way in the selling and buying process of our old and new home. Again, I recommend HREG to everyone I know looking to sell or buy a house because I know I am recommending them to a company who knows what they are doing in the Real Estate market!

WE are REALTORS in The Hickory NC area. We are very easy to get along with and very focused on our clients needs. Call or email us today.