• Start-up agent with passion for diving joins Keller Williams •

When Casey Anderson talks about being underwater, it has nothing to do with finances.

Anderson, who became a full-time real estate agent about two years ago, has signed on with Keller Williams Realty in greater Charleston.

He is an avid scuba diver and a member of the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Diving Society.

“He spends much of his free time 25 miles offshore, diving the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic and navigating different reefs and shipwrecks,” according to the brokerage.

Anderson grew up outside Philadelphia. He attended the College of Charleston in 2006 to pursue a degree in Economics — “the driving force behind housing and real estate,” according to Keller Williams.

He was able to start a career in a city he loved to visit. In 2010, Anderson obtained his real estate license and became a full-time real estate agent a few months later.

Anderson lives in the Elliotborough neighborhood downtown and is active in the Elliotborough Neighborhood Association.

• Green building organization in S.C. elects directors •

A Charleston designer is among new reps named to the state chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, which champions eco-friendly growth.

Elections closed Dec. 9, and top vote getters will serve two-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2013.

New directors to the South Carolina chapter board are Katherine Fishburne, interior designer and principal of Innovink LLC in Charleston; Douglas Rackley, design team leader and architect, DP3 Architects in Greenville; and Hiren Shah, intern architect with Pegram Associates in Myrtle Beach.

Re-elected incumbents include John Brandon, client relations/sustainability coordinator with GMK Associates in Columbia; Dan Gerst, business intelligence analyst with JM Smith Corp. (QS/1) in Spartanburg; and Bachman Smith, attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in Charleston.

“The additions to the S.C. Chapter Board will provide valuable expertise and leadership experience,” says Mark Godfrey, board chair. “Our efforts are paramount to the chapter’s mission of transforming buildings and improving the quality of life for all South Carolina citizens,” he says.

The board plays an “indispensable” role in making key decisions on the group’s membership service, industry education and advancing its mission, says Melissa LeRoy, executive director.

“This engaged and dedicated group of industry leaders … is committed to shaping the future of green building,” she says.

In addition to the recently elected and re-named directors, board members consist of Godfrey, of McMillan Pazdan Smith; Rick Huffman, ASLA, LEED GA of Earth Design Inc.; Heather Sewell, Trane Commercial Systems and Services, an Ingersoll Rand Co.; Brent Trenga, Green Wizard advisory board member; and Adam Bernholz with Green Wizard and 2011 state chapter chair.

For more information, visit usgbcsc.org.

The U.S. Green Building Council is best known as developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program, in which buildings are upgraded or fitted to meet environmental and low-energy standards.

LEED guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance of nearly 50,000 projects worldwide, comprising 9.3 billion square feet of commercial and institutional construction space and nearly 117,000 residential units, according to the S.C chapter.

By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community, the state group says.

• Former agency co-owner joins Prudential Southern Coast •

It was a “lifelong dream” for Wayne Green to be involved in real estate, he says.

Now, after helping to run an agency, he has switched to a fairly new affiliate of a national brokerage while exiting the direct oversight part of the business.

The Realtor recently caught on with Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate.

“Wayne Green is the ultimate associate, he has great business experience, is a smart investor and his future with Prudential Southern Coast Real Estate looks bright,” says Linda Collins, broker-in-charge and owner of Prudential Southern Coast.

Green was co-owner of Exit Realty. Prior to his career in real estate, he was involved in restructuring jewelry stores and operating his own telecommunication business throughout South Carolina. He has a son, Tristan, who attends Stratford High School.

Asked what he likes most, Green says, “Do you have all day, because I can go on and on about everything I like about being a Realtor. It was a lifelong dream and now I am living that dream,” he says.

Green can be reached by cell phone at 843-270-4915 or email at wgreen.pscre@gmail.com.

• Carolina One: Charleston area rental market ends year on mild uptick •

In what’s considered an exceptionally strong year, the local market for leasing homes, condos and townhomes is culminating 2012 on a good note.

That’s according to Carolina One Real Estate in its periodic “Rental News Now” report.

“The number of active rentals has slightly increased from last month,” says Eric Wetherington, director and broker of Carolina One Property Management.

Active listings in December through the regional Multiple Listing Service totaled 890, up close to 8 percent from 826 listings in November.

According to Wetherington, this year was “incredibly strong” for rentals. Nearly 5,000 properties were leased out at some point between Jan. 1 and Dec. 1.

More than 800 condominiums, 774 townhomes and 2,600 single-family houses were rented in the first eleven months of 2012.

The largest share of active listings are houses: 475 properties are still available. The median rent is holding steady at $1,250 a month.

“We expect 2013 to be another strong year for the rentals market in Charleston,” he says.

• Real estate agents donate money to quartet of Habitats •

Local groups that build affordable houses for the less fortunate recently split $16,000, for which they can credit area Realtors.

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors presented $4,000 apiece to four area Habitats for Humanity.

The grants stemmed from Realtors Care Week, with income arriving from the South Carolina Realtors’ American Dream Housing Fund. The fund takes in money from sales of the “Homeownership: The American Dream” license plate, with the checks and cash going toward construction of new affordable housing in South Carolina.

The latest grant allocations were awarded to the Berkeley, Dorchester, East Cooper and Sea Island Habitats for Humanity. They all had submitted applications for funding earlier this fall.

• Third home from Indigo Park at Kiawah awarded top eco-friendly nod •

A new, environmentally enhanced neighborhood overlooking the Kiawah River is three-for-three in framing homes that are certified as energy saving.

Indigo Park earned a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation for the HGTV Dream Home 2013 recently built in the community.

Earlier, the village received the Platinum LEED certification for its two model homes, Camellia and Sweetgrass.

Indigo Park, developed by Dyal Compass LLC on 15 acres overlooking a picturesque marsh, is striving to be the first community within a luxury resort to have all of its homes LEED certified, it says.

The homes “address the fact that Mother Nature comes every year and Indigo Park is prepared,” according to the community’s backers. Also, the eco-friendly effort will boost the development’s property value and save owners time and money on home maintenance, they say.

For more information on Indigo Park, visit www.indigoparkhomes.com.

• Local agent tapped for real estate oversight post •

A pro at continuing education in greater Charleston will be one of the trustees who keeps tabs on the real estate business in the state.

Wayne Poplin of Carolina One Real Estate has been elected to the South Carolina Real Estate Commission. He was picked by commission delegates to represent the state at-large.

Poplin serves as director of continuing education at Carolina One Real Estate. He is a Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI); Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI); Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR); Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR); Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES); and a National Association of Realtor “Green” designee. Poplin begins his four-year term immediately.

Working with Carolina One Real Estate for more than 25 years, Poplin has served as president of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and of the South Carolina Real Estate Education Foundation and has been named Realtor of the Year by the S.C. Association of Realtors and CTAR.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to represent our industry as a member of the Real Estate Commission,” Poplin says. “I believe in the virtues of serving our community and providing leadership within our industry, and this appointment reflects that commitment.”

The S. C. Real Estate Commission is part of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The group regulates the real estate industry and protects the public’s interest when involved in real estate transactions, according to Carolina One.

The body also sets standards for real estate license applicants, holds disciplinary hearings on alleged violations and recommends legislative changes involving the real estate industry.

For more, visit www.carolinaone.com.

• Home values move upward in greater Charleston •

Between this October and the last one, houses that once cost $200,000 on average in greater Charleston climbed to $210,600.

That’s among what can be gleamed from a new report of national CoreLogic real estate information firm.

Home prices in the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metro area increased 5.3 percent in October compared with the same month in 2011. Also, amounts were 1.3 percent higher in October than the previous month.

CoreLogic similarly provides figures when distressed sales are excluded, to show what the market is like without the foreclosures and short sales that lowered values nationally for the past five years.

Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices rose by 3.9 percent in October from a year before and 1.2 percent from a month earlier.

The home price surge in greater Charleston trailed a nationwide jump of 6.3 percent — distressed sales included — in October from a year earlier, according to CoreLogic.

The countrywide upward bump was the steepest since June 2006 and marked the eighth consecutive month that home prices increased year to year.

CoreLogic says its Home Price Index analysis shows all but five states are experiencing year-over-year price gains.

Meanwhile, the CoreLogic Pending HPI expects home prices to shoot up by 7.1 percent in November from the previous year.

“The housing recovery that started earlier in 2012 continues to gain momentum,” says Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “The recovery is geographically broad-based with almost all markets experiencing some appreciation,” he says.

“We are seeing an ongoing strengthening of the residential housing market,” Anand Nallathambi, president and chief executive of CoreLogic, points out.

“Reduced inventories and improving buyer demand are contributing to stability and growth in home prices, which is essential to the long term health of the housing market and the broader economy,” he says.

By state, Arizona had the highest home price appreciation, up 21.3 percent, which Ilinois had the steepest depreciation, down 2.7 percent.

South Carolina ranked No. 11 in home price appreciation, up 7.1 percent year-to-year.

• Radenbaugh makes move to Weichert, Realtors in Mount Pleasant •

A Realtor who has worked in senior care and taught yoga among various career moves is joining a real estate agency’s East Cooper office.

Kathleen Radenbaugh has become part of the sales team at Weichert, Realtors-Palmetto Coast. A member of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, she will assist homebuyers and sellers in the Charleston vicinity.

Radenbaugh is a 20-year resident of the area and lives in Mount Pleasant. She is a member of Christ Our King Catholic Church.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a registered yoga teacher, according to Weichert, Realtors.

Prior to real estate, Radenbaugh worked in the senior care industry and in sales and management in the telecommunications industry. She and her husband own Wetland Solutions LLC.

For more information, call 843-375-2075 or visit the agency website at www.weichertpc.com.