Karen Garner and Reggie Garner Jr. are the mother and son duo behind Magnolia Homes! Entering into the world of homebuilding as a single mother of two children presented many challenges, but Karen used that to fuel her passion for designing and building gorgeous family homes. Since then, she has succeeded and instilled that same drive in Reggie, together making their way to the forefront of the Memphis housing market for over 35 years.

When Karen Garner founded Magnolia Homes in 1987, she chose the name because she thought people would remember it! “I plant a Magnolia tree in the yard of every home we build, so people will recognize our homes,” she says. Those trademark Magnolia trees, as well as a Magnolia limestone birthmark in the brick near each front door, have become a familiar sight throughout the Memphis area, where the Garners have developed a number of communities and hundreds of personalized homes.

Magnolia Homes continues to thrive and offers utmost confidence to discerning home buyers due to their intentional planning, high level of expertise, and heart and soul behind the business. “Perseverance and a positive attitude guided my business for the past 40 years, and personally for my entire life. It is why Magnolia Homes has enjoyed such success, coupled with the heart and soul I put into every home we build. “That extra touch” is not a slogan for Magnolia Homes; it’s what we do every day, and what we believe every single day.

“Success doesn’t come from the design or construction. It’s the owner’s commitment to uncompromising standards, and respecting the importance of your role in the lives of your homeowners. We treat every customer with care, respect, and honesty.”

These qualities and mindset do not stop at Karen and Reggie, but are poured into their employees and entire team. Magnolia’s team offers invaluable experience in all areas and pride themselves on their attention to detail throughout the process, which we lovingly name “that extra touch” that cannot be found in other builders. From design and planning through closing, the Magnolia Homes team ensures every residence is exceptional, and they support their commitment with a 10-year limited QBW warranty.

Karen and Reggie have built a company that does not just build communities, but supports the people who make life there better. They offer their help for a variety of charitable organizations, donating their time, money, and resources to a wide variety of organizations.

When you choose to live in a Magnolia Homes community, you will discover why Magnolia Homes and its team has earned its excellent reputation for building a better home and a better community for over 35 years.


Get to know a little bit about the amazing Magnolia Homes staff that will be there to guide you through the purchase of your dream home. We make it our top priority to make sure all your questions are answered and all your needs are met.


Since 1987, Magnolia Home has received numerous awards and accolades. Take a look a some our awards and affiliations below and see what makes Magnolia Homes the best in the business. We can’t wait to put our award-winning services to work for you and your family!

  • 2023 Aurora Awards Gold Winner: Best Brochure
  • 2023 Aurora Awards Gold Winner: Best Website
  • 2023 Aurora Awards Silver Winner: Best Interior Detailing for a Home Priced $1,000,000 or Up – The Henry
  • 2022 NAHB Nationals Silver: Best Interior Design of a Custom Home
  • 2022 NAHB Nationals Silver: Best Website for a Homebuilder
  • 2020 Memphis Most 1st Place Best Home Builder
  • 2019 Memphis Business Journal Small Business Awards Finalist
  • 2019 Aiva Distinctive Communicator Features Award For Use Of Video
  • 2019 Aiva Distinctive Communicator Content And Marketing Award For Overall Social Presence
  • 2018 Memphis’ Most Favorite Home Builder
  • 2015 Memphis’ Most Favorite Home Builder
  • 2013 City Of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
  • 2012 City Of Germantown City Beautification Award
  • 2010 City Of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
  • 2023 Aurora Awards Gold Winner: Best Logo
  • 2023 Aurora Awards Silver Winner: Best Kitchen Design of a One of a Kind Home – The Henry
  • 2022 Memphis Most 1st Place Best Home Builder
  • 2022 NAHB Nationals Silver: Sales Leader of the Year – Whitney Harvey
  • 2021 Southeast Building Conference Golden Aurora Award
  • 2019 Memphis Most 1st Place Best Home Builder
  • 2019 Aiva Distinctive Communicator Content And Marketing Award For Community Building And Engagement
  • 2018 Karen Garner – Super Woman In Business Memphis Business Journal
  • 2018 Best Construction Design Website
  • 2016 Parade Of Homes Favorite Home Award
  • 2014 City Of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
  • 2012 Voted #1 Builder By Magnolia Homeowners
  • 2011 Voted #1 Builder By Magnolia Homeowners

Our Clients

  • Realtor Eric Bell – Villages of Saunders Creek

    I have worked with the New Home Specialist at The Villages of Saunders Creek in Rossville multiple times to get my clients into their dream homes, and he exceeds my expectations every time. He is very attentive and goes the extra mile for them. Anything my clients or myself need, he is there immediately. I have had lots of positive feedback from clients’ interactions as well, and he is also always available after closing which is when most agents disappear. I can’t brag on them enough whenever any of my clients has interest in building their dream home. He will go above and beyond to make sure the client is happy and I, the agent, is kept in the loop at every milestone. Mrs. Karen, the founder of the company, is amazing as well. I have met her multiple times, and she is always available to help, as well as showing up to meeting with my clients and attending every closing. This is very rare as most of the time you never meet or talk to “The Boss,” but she knows how to run a successful business – And that starts with making sure the clients are the top priority! I recommend Magnolia Homes to anyone looking to build a home in the area and guarantee you will be 100% satisfied with their work. 10/10!

  • Realtor Andria Hamilton

    Thomas Spencer of the Villages of Saunders Creek in Rossville was awesome. It was my first time selling a new construction home, and he was so helpful. Loved working with him and would highly recommend him. Very knowledgeable and eager to help. I couldn’t have asked for a better agent to work with and not to mention all the people at Magnolia Homes! They went out of their way to make everything perfect for my clients!

  • Tana

    As my friend and I were walking our dogs, we both agreed on: 1. How gorgeous the homes are 2. How wonderful it was to see how they were all so different 3. How nice everyone is! It definitely feels like home!  I love that all the kids play together and the adults get along, too. I keep to myself for the most part, but while walking the dogs, I’ve been able to meet so many neighbors.  I absolutely love it here!  Thanks for all you do to make dreams come true… You have DEFINITELY made mine come true with my beautiful home.  I just LOVE it.

  • Stephanie

    Thank you to you and your team for building our dream home. Your entire team was such a pleasure to work with and made the home building process such a joy! Your team is top notch and were always so gracious to discuss any questions or concerns that we had. We are so thankful for all of the hard work that was put into our home for the past several months and are looking forward to being a part of the Oak Hill community.

  • Fred

    I am extremely excited about the phenomenal experience that I have had with Magnolia Homes! I am extremely pleased with how the home turned out. God has been faithful, and I certainly try not take His blessings for granted during such tumultuous times.

  • Kevin and Rachel – Cypress Grove

    You have not only met our expectations, but far exceeded them in quality and professionalism. I have dealt with a lot of builders and contractors on a regular basis – both professionally and personally – and Magnolia Homes is hands down a level above anyone else in the area. Thank you!

  • Jose and Kimberlina – The Cove at Cypress Grove

    We worked with Lorna Skelton back in February 2020 for our Cypress Farmhouse home at The Cove at Cypress Grove.  Lorna was wonderful to work with. She is attentive, sweet, and a pleasure to be around.  We highly recommend working with her!

  • Laurie

    I took our youngest son for a walk this morning, and he always likes to go see what’s going on with the latest building efforts. The gentlemen that are working in the new section today were so very friendly. Everyone waved and smiled and it was just so sweet. The areas were all very clean, too. I don’t know how you manage to keep a construction site tidy because I can’t even get two little boys to pick up their room but thank you for that! The new houses in The Cove at Cypress Grove are going to be beautiful. Thanks for continuing to make this a great place to live.


Contact us to meet with one of our new home specialists!

Kelsey Alcala
Online Sales Counselor

Call : 901-309-0710
Text : 901-403-6808

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