Brant Rackley, Realtor ® / Broker in Athens, GA

Sound Real Estate is a locally/independently owned real estate brokerage that aims to change what can be considered a stressful, overwhelming process into an enjoyable, simplified and friendly event. Always keeping our clients best interest in mind, doing so with honesty and understanding that each client is unique. With every closing, our company will contribute to local non profits and programs that encourage and provide advancement to our local music and creative arts culture.


Brant Rackley, Broker/REALTOR@, Owner of Sound Real Estate

Brant Rackley, Broker/REALTOR@, Owner of Sound Real Estate


I’ve been lucky to call Athens, Georgia home for the past 25 years. As a musician, I was originally drawn here for the music scene and the sense of community Athens emits. Oddly enough, while still in high school, it was on a ride through the Historic Boulevard Neighborhood on the way to play a show that I looked around at all the amazing older homes and thought to myself, “This is it. This is where I’m going to live”.

25 years later, with an amazing wife (Melissa), our two kids (Polly and Sam), two dogs (Coco and Drummer), and a slightly nicer drum kit than the one I had when I first moved to town…here we are!

I’ve been involved in real estate for the past 12 years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to help a great clientele with either moving to Athens for the first time, or passing along the homes they've loved so much to others. It’s a great feeling to have clients turn into friends. To learn about their families, hear their stories and understand where they’re heading-- it's what I enjoy most about this business. I've always looked at work throughout my life as a challenge to do things differently. To add something that others may not. To always go above and beyond what’s expected. To do these things with kindness and respect. This is my hope for every interaction you have with Sound Real Estate.


Brant is not only a really great realtor, but he is a really genuine person. As first-time home buyers we didn’t know a lot about the process, but Brant was our advocate from the beginning, answering all of our questions and understanding our needs and desires. We never felt pressured. We always felt like a priority. Thanks to Brant we now own a great house in our neighborhood of choice.
— Will & Brittany Bramlett


Matt Bateman, REALTOR®

Matt Bateman, REALTOR®


My interest in real estate started in Greenville, SC, after graduating from Furman University with a degree in accounting.  My wife and I began renovating our first home in 2007 to accommodate our growing family.  From there, it was an easy transition to starting a business in which my family would undertake several renovation projects a year for clients.  

In 2013, after completing another home renovation for my family, we moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where I worked in a residential property management business and also started my own custom cabinet shop.  Building custom cabinetry for various clients helped me develop the skills of understanding of what a client wants and delivering a product that meets their needs.  I strive to bring that same type of personal service to each of my real estate transactions, today.  

In 2018, my wife got a music industry job which brought us to the Athens area, where we purchased a home in Watkinsville. Through this process, I truly got to know the ins and outs of Athens-Clarke and Oconee County real estate. I have a young daughter and son, and when I'm not at home with my family, I'm most likely to be found on a golf course or in a trout stream.


Sound Real Estate Gives BACK

Just a few of the local Athens, GA charities where Sound Real Estate gives back with each home purchase include: Nuci's Space, Canopy Studio and Athfest Educates.

As we planned our move to Athens from out of state, we sought a realtor with a deep knowledge of in-town neighborhoods and first-hand experience with raising a young family in the city. Brant was the perfect choice! Not only is he extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Athens, but he also makes the process of buying a home a true pleasure. With attentive communication, Brant worked closely with us ahead of our house hunting visit to hone in on the best potential homes to meet our needs and budget. He then helped us maximize our limited time by coordinating viewings of twelve houses in a single day. Once we found the perfect house for us, Brant expertly used his experience and professional relationships with local realtors to guide us to a smooth and successful closing. He referred us to a local inspector, lender, and real estate attorney who were all very professional and easy to work with. Aside from having a great personality and sense of humor, Brant is hard working and detail oriented. He always followed through on his commitments and made sure we were 100% satisfied every step of the way. We came to Athens looking for the perfect house. We got that, but in the process, we made a great friend too!
— Ben and Margaret Davis