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Leon's parents, Clarence and Lorraine Collins, both ran the original Collins Real Estate office for 30 years in Fort Valley, where Leon grew up. When he turned 18, he became the youngest salesperson in Georgia at the time and at 21, he became the youngest Broker in Georgia. So as you can see, real estate is in his blood!
Leon worked for the Real Estate Department at the University of Georgia as a computer programmer during college. He wrote the first program to produce a HUD-1 Settlement Statement on a computer. So he naturally uses the latest technological innovations in his business to help him give the most professional and personal service possible.
He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Real Estate and Urban Development. He later earned his Doctor of Laws degree from Emory University School of Law, followed by his Masters of Tax Law (LL.M) degree in Taxation from University of Miami School of Law. After practicing tax and business law for four years in Americus, GA, he and Connie moved back to Byron in 1982 to continue the family business at Collins Real Estate. And naturally, he uses his legal knowledge every day in his real estate business!