The Magnolia Homes Story - For Over 34 Years

Karen Garner founded Magnolia Homes in 1987. A single mother of two children with a passion for building, Karen not only created a successful business but raised her son, Reggie, Jr., with the same commitment to quality and love for custom home building. I’ve learned that perseverance can take anyone beyond the limits placed before them. If you continue to work hard, don’t get discouraged, and try to learn something new every day, success will come.

With success comes not only a change in one’s critics, but also in what is said about you. After more than 40 years in business, 30 as the owner of Magnolia Homes, I now hear, “How can we be more like Magnolia Homes?” and “I cannot believe she builds such beautiful homes.” My favorite, however, is “Let’s copy her floor plan and we can be just like Magnolia Homes.”

They’ve missed the point. 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.

A positive attitude is the most important trait you need to succeed in business and in life. And that attitude must come from your heart. This is where we store our life lessons. It’s where kindness originates and allows us to be patient and tolerant.

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; its what we do every day, and what we believe every single day.

Meet the Team

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.

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Awards & Accolades

Since 1985, 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.

Trophy icon2021 Southeast Building Conference Golden Aurora Award
Trophy icon2020 Memphis Most 1st Place Best Home Builder
Trophy icon2019 Memphis Most 1st Place Best Home Builder
Trophy icon2019 Memphis Business Journal Small Business Awards Finalist
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Content and Marketing Award for Community Building and Engagement
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Features Award for Use of Video
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Content and Marketing Award for Overall Social Presence
Trophy icon2018 Karen Garner - Super Woman in Business Memphis Business Journal
Trophy icon2018 Best Construction Design Website
Trophy icon2018 Memphis' Most Favorite Home Builder
Trophy icon2016 Parade of Homes Favorite Home Award
Trophy icon2015 Memphis' Most Favorite Home Builder
Trophy icon2014 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
Trophy icon2013 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
Trophy icon2012 Voted #1 Builder by Magnolia Homeowners
Trophy icon2012 City of Germantown City Beautification Award
Trophy icon2011 Voted #1 Builder by Magnolia Homeowners
Trophy icon2010 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award

Our Clients

My favorite part is one for which my family shares with me, and that is this house immediately felt like home. From the design, to the selections, to the neighborhood — What your team has created has been nothing short of stunning. But, most importantly, it was the intangibles, the sense of community and support we immediately felt from working with our incredible realtors at Crye-Leike and the Magnolia team.

For anyone to relocate and leave their area of familiarity surrounded by family and friends can have emotions of uncertainty and doubt. Thanks to the wonderful Magnolia team and our fantastic realtors, Jimmie Kay and Tommie, we have nothing but confidence and excitement for what lies ahead in establishing our family here in Collierville.

Tim & Sara | Oak Hill

Thank you so much for giving us the sweet attention to detail. It’s going to be so hard to find someone to build us a home anywhere near comparison in the near future. We truly have been blessed to have you guys- not just one person but your crew as a whole. Totally amazing! I can speak for both myself & my husband when I say that you have amazing talent and an amazing team. Thank you so much for everything!

Blair & Travis | Cypress Grove

I have worked with Thomas Spencer 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 have also worked with Ryan Arthur in Magnolia Homes’ Collierville community multiple times, and he is a ROCKSTAR. 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 Eric Bell | Villages of Saunders Creek

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!

Realtor Andria Hamilton | Villages of Saunders Creek

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.

Tana | Magnolia Preserve

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.

Stephanie | Oak Hill

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.

Fred | Villages of Saunders Creek

I just left the house, and it truly looks great! Thank you so much for everything in the process so far. You have not only met our expectations, but far exceeded them in quality and professionalism. You represent your company well and so glad we went with Magnolia Homes. 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!

Kevin and Rachel | 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!
Jose and Kimberlina | The Cove at Cypress Grove

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.

Laurie | Cypress Grove

Magnolia Preserve

From $688,601 | Collierville, TN

From $688,601

Collierville, TN

The Cove at Cypress Grove

From $614,000 | Collierville, TN

From $614,000

Collierville, TN

Cypress Grove

From $654,838 | Collierville, TN

From $654,838

Collierville, TN

Shepherd’s Creek

From $1,450,000 | Collierville, TN

From $1,450,000

Collierville, TN

Oak Hill

From $642,585 | Collierville, TN

From $642,585

Collierville, TN

Villages of Saunders Creek

From $585,000 | Rossville, TN

From $585,000

Rossville, TN

Karen Garner

President of Magnolia Homes, Principal Broker of Oak Grove Realty

Karen founded Magnolia Homes in 1987. A single mother of two children with a passion for building, a passion that's continued over 30 years later. Karen spends her weekends with her husband, Steve, and their grandchildren.

Reggie Garner, Jr.

Vice President of Magnolia Homes

Reggie has been raised in this industry because his mom, Karen, created the business over 30 years ago. On the weekend, you can find Reggie hanging out with his wife Jennifer and their three boys, cheering on the Grizzlies, or duck hunting.

Jenna Bostick

Director of Oak Grove Realty

Jenna coordinates your contract process and closing process, so your closing on your new home is always a smooth process. She has been with Magnolia for over 9 years so she has worked many aspects of the company. Jenna went to the University of Memphis, so she is always ready to cheer on her Tigers! On the weekend you'll find her at a local 901 event, shopping for her nieces and nephews, or at Shelby Farms with her puppy, Gracie Mae.

Whitney Harvey

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Whitney has a proven record of providing consistent market growth across multiple markets and brands. She also works to help others improve, having coordinated professional seminars and developed internal corporate training programs.  She knows the business inside and out, and she can develop any market to the benefit of our prospective homeowners.  During her time here, she has helped hundreds of families into their very own Magnolia Homes. Whitney has won multiple prestigious awards in the field—including Professional Builder Magazine 40 Under 40, Sales Manager of the Year for Dallas Homebuilders, RealtorMagazine’s 30 under 30, and Top Sales Producer and MVP for Magnolia Homes.  Because of these accolades, she has developed a deserved reputation among clients for her knowledge and expertise. For years, she has built trusted relationships with both our associates and clients.

Hunter Dawson

Vice President of Operations

Hunter and his wife Samantha, a teacher, are die-hard Memphis Tigers fans. Hunter was hired through the Construction Management program at MTSU. Now at Magnolia Homes for over 8 years, Hunter handles the day to day operations of our communities and keeps us organized during the build! He is the proud father of two, Drew and Caroline!

Donna Chilson

Financial Officer

Donna is the lead in our Accounting department. She is also Auburn's #1 fan, which is where her son attended college. Often Donna travels to visit her daughter and her husband and precious grandchildren, Stella, Grayson, Asher and Scott.

Katie Callahan


Raised a Memphian, Katie's blood runs Crimson. She can be found cheering on her alma mater, The Alabama Crimson Tide, whenever they are playing.

Laurie Shropshire

New Home Design Specialist

Laurie has lived in the Memphis area for most of her life. She has worked in the building and design industry for several years and loves helping people making selections to create their dream home. Laurie enjoys spending her free time with her family and pets, which include chickens, peacocks, and ducks.

Chuck Barrett

Construction Manager; Villages of Saunders Creek & The Cove

Chuck has more than 20 years experience in the building business. Having started with Bowden Homes to Levitt & Son's to JSweeney Homes, he is well versed in the industry. He and his wife of over 20 yrs, Pat, have 3 children, Trey, Brandon, and Christina. Chuck and his wife share a strong faith and family. He is proud to be a part of Magnolia Homes.

David LaRue

Construction Manager; Magnolia Preserve

David has been in the home building business since 2017. Behind his passion for building, he loves cheering on the Memphis Tigers! David loves spending his free time with his son and wife. He is excited to bring his knowledge to the Magnolia Homes' Construction Team!

Dean Pakis

Construction Manager; Shepherd's Creek

Dean has lived in Memphis for 35 years. He graduated from Memphis State University in 1987 and has been in the Building/Construction business for 30+ years. He is married to Laurie, and they have 2 sons. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, golf, and sports.

Craig Dunaway

Construction Manager; Oak Hill

Craig is our most recent hire of Magnolia Homes. He is a happily married, father of 4. An avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast, he loves to deer hunt, turkey hunt and cook out on the weekends with family & friends while watching Ole Miss and the New Orleans Saints. He is working in Oak Hill, our newest community!

Joey Hurt

Construction Manager; Cypress Grove

Joey is a former avionics technician who has worked in construction management since 2001. He has been married to his wonderful wife for 12 years and has two boys.

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Sandra Johnson

Quality Control & Home Warranty Specialist

Sandra has been in the home building industry for over ten years. She is now helping our company keep our top builder title with her new position. She is a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 6!

Matthew Barefoot

Quality Control & Home Warranty Specialist

Matthew is a native of Charleston, MS and attended The University of Mississippi, graduating with a degree in Historical Studies. His passion for quality home-building began in Oxford, where he worked part-time building custom homes. Matthew currently resides in Olive Branch with his dog, Bear. He is a die-hard Ole Miss fan and can be found cheering on the Rebels basketball, football, or baseball any day of the week!

Mary Brown

Sales Coordinator/New Home Specialist, Affiliate Broker

Mary is a graduate of Mississippi State University and a native Memphian. Her love for real estate began as a child when her mother would take her to open houses and on historic neighborhood tours. With 16 years of experience in customer service, she is dedicated to providing everyone she encounters with the best experience possible! During her free time, you will find Mary spending time with her son, cooking up something tasty, and cheering on her MS State Bulldogs!

Ryan Arthur

New Home Specialist, Affiliate Broker

Ryan is an Affiliate Broker of Oak Grove Realty, LLC. He and his wife have two kids that have made him one proud dad! Ryan has been a great asset to our company with his knowledge of sales and Real Estate!

Sarah Bard

New Home Specialist, Affiliate Broker

Sarah is originally from Fulton Kentucky, where she spent 5 years in medical and pharmaceutical sales, and 2 years as an inside sale rep in the flooring industry. With a passion for home design and a degree in Interior Design, the direction towards real estate was inevitable. She is proud and honored to represent Magnolia Homes and their gorgeous craftsmanship. She attended Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and finished at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, where she spent 4 wonderful years learning under the distinguished designer of Old Waverly Golf Club, Stephen Bengel. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being out on the lake, playing golf, and playing with her yellow lab, Mae Moore.

Jason Gendron

New Home Specialist, Affiliate Broker

Jason is originally from New Orleans, but he has called the Memphis area home for over two decades. If you want to talk about the New Orleans Saints or LSU Tigers, he’s your guy. He is thrilled at the opportunity to help others build the Magnolia Home of their dreams.

Lorna Skelton

New Home Specialist, Affiliate Broker

Lorna is as excited today about helping buyers make their dreams come true as she was with the first home she designed. With a strong background in sales and marketing in the broadcast industry, she brings years of leadership serving her community. Lorna says she chose Magnolia Homes because she's never seen a builder with more rave reviews. She loves her husband, her home, and church. She’s known as 'Honey' by her grandchildren, friends and family. Being surrounded by those constantly saying 'Honey, Honey' is about as sweet as it gets!

Thomas Spencer

New Home Specialist, Affiliate Broker

Thomas was born in Billings, Montana and has lived all over the world. He has lived from Germany to Hawaii and from Austin to Knoxville and several other places in between. His favorite place is Fayette County, where he currently resides. He is married to the love of his life and has one child. He enjoys Fayette County because of the friendly people, low taxes, and little crime.

Renee Victory

New Home Specialist, Affiliate Broker

As a lifelong resident of this area, Renee is excited to be part of the Magnolia Homes’ family where she can help members of her beloved community build the home of their dreams. She is well-connected in the Collierville and Germantown communities and has served on several boards including Leadership Germantown, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Germantown Mayor's CEO Roundtable, and Briarcrest Alumni Executive Board. Renee graduated from Briarcrest, and her education includes a BBA in Finance from University of Memphis and an MBA from Union University. Renee has had a lifelong connection to real estate because her dad was a Realtor and real estate investor for over 50 years. Her experience also includes over 12 years of cross-functional leadership roles with heavy emphasis on sales/business development including serving as Campus Director/MBA Program Director at a local university and a Regional Territory Manager role where she negotiated contracts with healthcare systems across a huge regional territory. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for almost 32 years. They have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Kelsey Alcala

Online Sales Counselor

Kelsey was raised a Memphian and is a proud graduate of the University of Memphis. After moving around the country during her husband’s time in the Marine Corps, their passion and love for the Memphis area brought them back home. It is that passion for home that led Kelsey into real estate; she loves to help lead people to houses that will help them love Memphis as much as she does! She spent 2.5 years in residential real estate before making the switch to new construction. During her free time, you can find Kelsey spending time with her husband and new baby boy, playing with their dog outside, or spending time with friends eating good food!

Kaitlyn McKay

Marketing Manager & Design Assistant

Kaitlyn McKay is our Marketing Manager! She is a proud graduate of the University of Memphis, where she studied marketing and was involved in a variety of student organizations. Kaitlyn is passionate about building community and serving in the youth ministry at her church. When she’s not at work or church, you can find Kaitlyn at her home in downtown Memphis, running by the river, having dinner with her friends, or reading in her favorite coffee shops!

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