Who We Are

About Us

We at Greenways Real Estate and Auctions pride ourselves on our ability quickly turn assets into cash. We are also very proud of our past accomplishments yet remained focused on our present and future ventures. As an auction firm you are only as successful as your next auction, for this reason we treat every auction as if it is our only auction and concentrate on every detail to insure the best possible results for our clients.

  • We have a historic 88% success rate

  • We have grown a large network of buyers and sellers while retaining our ability to cater to each client on a personal level.

  • We have a wide range of experiences with virtually all property types and values.

Greenways Real Estate and Auctions has successfully utilized the auction method of marketing to conduct over 2,000 auctions. Being a full service auction company enables us to handle all aspects of your auction including professional advertising, open houses, inspections, organizing and cataloging auction items and handling contracts and closings. Of the real estate auctions our firm has conducted, we have a 88% success rate! Let us put “SOLD” on your property. We encourage you to visit one of our auctions and see what we can do for you.

We utilize the latest in computer technology, Internet advertising, a professional in-house marketing staff and an extensive mailing list of buyers available in the industry. Greenways Real Estate and Auctions is fully licensed, bonded and insured and can handle your auction at any time, at any place. The number one concern of our auction team is to meet the needs and wants of every seller for whom we have the opportunity to work. When comparing auction firms, average is not enough. Remember, a successful auction doesn’t just happen, it is planned that way.

The word auction is one of the most recognized and stimulating words in the world today. No word equals its power to instantly produce serious cooperation and individual buyers with money in hand. Explosive growth in the popularity and acceptance of the auction method of marketing for the conversion of assets to cash has accelerated the need for today’s sophisticated, comprehensive and efficient approaches to the marketing support aspects of the auction process.


Our Team


Tommy Garten




Tommy started in the Real Estate and Auction business at a young age.  He became a partner of Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction in 1974.  In 1986 his father passed away and became Owner, Broker, and Auctioneer of the company.  He is a 1970 graduate from Covington High School, 1972 graduate of Ferrum Jr. College with an Associate Degree, and a 1974 graduate of James Madison University with a B.S. in Marketing.  After completing his degree, Tommy graduated from Reppert School of Auctioneering.  He has since owned and managed several successful businesses here in the Alleghany Highlands.  He has been awarded the Covington High School Alumni of the Year, served as Board of Trustees at Ferrum College and appointed by Governor of State of Virginia-Auctioneer Regulator Board.  He has first-hand experience in owning and managing livestock and agricultural real estate.  Tommy’s experience, professionalism, integrity, and attention to detail are the foundation of his success.  He resides in the Alleghany Highlands with his wife, Marybeth.  They have two sons and three grandchildren they enjoy spending time with.


Matt Garten

Auctioneer / Broker



Matt Garten has grown up in the Real Estate and Auction business. Since the age of 3 he could be found on Saturdays at his father’s feet holding up items for sale while the chant rang out. From there Matt moved into setting up sales, displays, listing sales, and taking bids while in high school and college.

In 2000 Matt obtained his auction license and began officially “crying” bids for Greenway’s.  Matt now holds auction and Real Estate Broker’s licenses in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.  He specializes in Auctions, and Commercial Real Estate sale and leasing.

Robert “Dizzy” Garten

Auctioneer and Realtor



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Tara Brewster




Professional, hardworking and enthusiastic makes a great Real Estate Agent.  Tara strives to uphold these three words on a daily basis.  She started working as an agent with Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction in 2006.  She’s a 2001 Covington High School graduate and a 2006 Radford University graduate with a B.S. in Business Management and Minor in Economics.  She resides here in the Alleghany Highlands with her husband Larry, son Jaxon, daughter Larrah, and adopted daughter Leteashia and dog Cooper.  She has been a high school girls’ basketball coach for 15 years with the past 12 years at Covington High School.  Tara is active with the American Heart Association as well as other community organizations.  The Brewster’s are natives of the Alleghany Highlands.  They love kayaking and fishing the rivers as well as hunting in the great mountains.  If you are looking to sell or buy a home, let Tara go to work for you!                  



Donna Keyser

Accountant / Office Manager / Realtor



After lengthy careers as both a certified massage therapist at The Homestead renowned resort and later as a legal assistant for a local family law practice, Donna began a new career as an accountant with Greenway’s Real Estate and Auction in the summer of 2012. She obtained her license as a real estate agent in October, 2013.

Donna thrives on remaining extremely active in her teenage daughter’s activities, while being a very dedicated office manager/sales agent with the Greenway’s family.

She welcomes a chance to work with you, whether assisting you in selling your home or in finding your dream home.


Kristen Garten




Are you ready to buy your dream home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains? Kristen is ready to help you! As a lifetime resident of the Alleghany Highlands, Kristen has created a large personal and professional network through business, civic, and volunteer experience in the area.  As a graduate of Roanoke College with a BBA concentrating in marketing, Kristen has used her knowledge for the successful promotion of a number of community events and businesses, including her own photography business, Kristen Garten Photography, over the past several years.  With her personable manner, photography skills, and knack for marketing, she can help you get your property sold for top dollar!


About The Area


The Alleghany Highlands is a region in western Virginia, best known for tourism purposes for its natural beauty and outdoor activities, but our area is also known for its arts and culture, small mountain towns, and railway history. Known for our small town charm, Alleghany County has the two larger municipalities of Clifton Forge and Covington, as well as lots of rural and natural areas. A nature lover’s paradise.

The town of Clifton Forge and the city of Covington are both located off I-64 and just under an hour from Roanoke, and about three hours from Richmond - making it easy for travel. Clifton Forge is also home to a convenient Amtrak service. The closest airports are Roanoke, Lynchburg and Staunton. The Alleghany Highlands is located just about 30 minutes away from two famous and historic resorts: The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV, as well The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA.

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