From Obscurity to Dominance: A True Cinderella Story

Live Luxury is a specialized sales division of Keller Williams Realty International and the Award-Winning Southeast Region, started by Bob Kilinski and Kay Evans in 1999 and headquartered in Metro Atlanta. The Southeast Region has been the top performing region in all of Keller Williams for many consecutive years. The region consistently out performs other regions in the major success areas. Our members are subject to an annual production number of luxury sales to maintain their membership. 

Our clients receive exclusive access to detailed quarterly numbers and trends. Since statistics vary from area to area, the information will indicate the number of sales in the area, the days on the market and the ratio of sales price to list price. Having this information empowers our clients to make decisions based on the reality of the current market and trends. We combine these numerous market advantages with luxury-specific training, leading edge technology, and local masterminding. The referral network of agents in Keller Williams is a major benefit for our clients. In the U.S., Canada and the global network from international countries, the agent count is approaching 200,000 agents across the globe. When buyers are attracted to Atlanta or sellers are relocating to another location, we have the ability to serve their needs in transition. 

Kay Evans, Co-Owner of KW Southeast and North Florida Regions 

Kay launched the Keller Williams Southeast Region in 1999 with partner Bob Kilinski. With their different skill sets, together they built the region to 60+ offices, which today has over 15,000 agents. Currently KW Southeast is the #1 performing region in all of Keller Williams and has been #1 in Metro Atlanta since 2011. Kay is a graduate of University of Louisiana Lafayette with a BS Degree in Business Education and has been active in real estate education, sale, and brokerage.

Courtney Gardner, Live Luxury Director

Courtney was born in Ohio, but lived all over the nation as an Army brat. After graduating from The Florida State University, she started her career in corporate finance, then moved to interior design and new home construction, film and TV marketing, and finally in Keller Williams and eventually under Kay Evans for Live Luxury in the Southeast Region. Courtney’s diverse career background comes together to help aid the growth of agents and market centers through technology marketing and branding. She approaches the business with 2 mantras: “if it is not efficient you won’t use it” and “if you have to look for it, it does not really exist”.


Outpacing the #2 brokerage by $16.3 billion

Closing 46,682 transactions in 2022

Metro Atlanta was home to 8653 agents with Southeast Region being home to more than 15,000 agents

Recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as Metro Atlanta’s #1 Real Estate Organization since 2011

$20.55 billion closed volume in 2022 – more than the next five competitors combined


Attracting dynamic, business-minded associates

Following proven Models and Systems for business

Sharing our success and giving back financially and through service to the communities in which we live,
work, and play

Expansion of our regional leadership team with the hiring of two prominent leaders in Keller Williams: Cheryl Sadoti, Regional Director and Brett Caldwell, Executive Leadership Director

Consistently recognized as the #1 performing region in all of Keller Williams

Forbes ranked KW as one of the World’s Top Female Friendly Companies and Franchises

– Forbes, 2023

Franchise Business Review featured KW on its list of Top Franchises for Veterans

Franchise Business Review


As leaders who stepped forward to create Live Luxury, we established guidelines for membership and standards for how to deliver consistently exceptional client experiences. Live Luxury’s internal culture ensures that our values are realized through helping others, sharing great ideas, giving back to our communities and making the needs of our clients a top priority.