•Carolina One agent wins honor in Giving Back Awards gala•

A hunting accident took Realtor Terry Hamlin’s left leg. But the tragic event didn’t slow him down — whether with running, civic work or as a real estate agent.

Giving Back Awards backers named Hamlin, a founder of the Charleston Running Club and a co-founder of the Cooper River Bridge Run in 1978, this year’s winner of the “Community Catalyst” award.

The Carolina One Real Estate agent received the honor at the Giving Back Awards gala Nov. 15. Charleston Magazine and the Coastal Community Foundation co-produce the annual event.

Hamlin earned the honor for his work with the Wounded Warrior Program and the Mobility Impaired division of the Cooper River Bridge Run.

According to organizers, the catalyst award recognizes people who contribute to “a movement of charitable giving” through their actions or ideas.

“Hamlin says people tell him all the time how sorry they are that he lost his leg,” according to Carolina One. “Terry says he’s never sorry, because it gave him an opportunity to help someone else.”

Hamlin lost the leg as the result of a hunting accident in 2009. Carolina One backers say “sympathy is the last thing Terry Hamlin expected from anyone. The tragedy instead gave him an opportunity to dig deep within himself and to use his business and social contacts to give something back to his beloved community.”

•West Coast mortgage firm opens office in Charleston, eighth in state•

A San Diego-based company that’s stepped up national expansion picked Charleston earlier this month for a new branch.

Guild Mortgage Co. opened the office Nov. 15, the eighth in South Carolina since 2012. The business says it’s created 60 new jobs in the state.

At the same time, Guild has moved up the list of the largest mortgage lenders in South Carolina, with 1,153 loans issued from January to September totaling close to $200 million, says Lisa Field, of Gable PR, on behalf of Guild Mortgage.

The South Carolina branches are in Spartanburg, Greenville, Georgetown, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Columbia and Charleston.

Growth in the Palmetto state market revolves around a strategic plan by Guild’s management team “to take advantage of what it saw as favorable future market dynamics in the state: the end of the recession, decreasing unemployment rates, pent up housing demand and an improving economy.”

“Customers enjoy dealing with a company that is dedicated to individual, personalized customer service and has the resources of a large, well-established organization,” says Mary Ann McGarry, president and chief executive of Guild Mortgage.

“Guild has also been able to attract talented professionals in the South Carolina market who fit the Guild culture of building relationships, which adds to our competitive edge.”

The Columbia office lured local mortgage veteran Matt MacGillivray as branch manager, while bringing an “award-winning team” of five sales managers from Bank of America. The team showcases combined experience of more than 90 years in the mortgage business.

“Guild has shown a history of investing in their people, rather than simply buying up businesses, which impressed us,” MacGillivray says.

The company offers a traditional range of residential mortgage loans, and it funds most of its loans, “which provides consistency and also speeds approvals,” according to Guild Mortgage.

The company says it’s been a pioneer in helping first-time homebuyers achieve home ownership, often through government loan programs that require expertise.

“We think investing extra time to help the first-time homebuyer is well worth it,” McGarry says. “The quest for home ownership continues to be the American dream. The first-time homebuyer is entering a complex, often time-consuming and confusing process, so deserves extra focus and attention.”

In February, South Carolina had one of the best buyer’s markets in the nation, with home prices dropping 5 percent from the year before, according to the South Carolina Realtors Association.

Housing sales in the state were up 17 percent in September over the previous year, and demand is expected for 8,800 new homes to be built in the next three years, the company says.

“We are optimistic about the rest of 2013 and 2014 based on recent (national) economic and housing trends,” McGarry says.

Guild Mortgage Co. launched in 1960 as a home financing company for American Housing Guild in San Diego. The company broadened services a dozen years later, adding resale mortgage financing.

Today, Guild Mortgage Co. home loan banking company boasts 170 branch and satellite offices in 16 states generating loan volume of $6 billion last year.

For the year, Guild ranked No. 38 nationally in total loan originations. Current plans and trends call for the company to reach $10 billion in production volume by 2015.

Guild Mortgage opened its first South Carolina branch June 2012 in Spartanburg. The office had seven employees who issued nine loans totaling $1.1 million during the month. According to Guild Mortgage’s website, the company has made more inroads in South Carolina than any other Southeastern state. The lender counts one office apiece in Arkansas, Georgia and Louisiana.

The onsite site lists the Charleston address as 2872 Doncaster Drive near Bees Ferry Road west of the Ashley. To reach the office, call 803-348-0431.

For more information, visit www.guildmortgage.com.

•Mills team at Keller Williams taps new agent•

As the metro Charleston real estate business bounces back, companies see the need to bring on sales associates.

So says the Jim Mills Team at Keller Williams Realty. The team this month added Kellie England as agent.

The recent resurgence in the local market, coupled with the Jim Mills Team move this past spring to Keller Williams, created a need for another team member, the group says.

“Our alignment with Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate company in the North America, has provided us with the resources to enhance our service and marketing for our clients,” Jim W. Mills says.

In the past 13 years, the Jim Mills Team has sold close to 1,000 homes. It’s built a reputation for providing premier services for every client that’s selling or buying a home, the group says.

“With the addition of Kellie to our team, we will not only be able to sustain our current level of superior service, we will be able to provide more to our clients,” he says. “Kellie shares our core values and ethics and will be involved in all aspects of the team.”

Prior to obtaining her real estate license five years ago, England worked in management and spend several years as a preschool teacher. She believes a Realtor can be a servant to others as she helps them reach their goals. England and her husband, Larry, are raising their family in the Summerville area.

With more than 76,000 associates nationwide, Keller Williams touts itself as the largest real estate company in the United States.

The Jim Mills Team consists of Mills, Debra Heiney, Tami Gordon and England. For more information, visit www.YourPathHome.com or call 843-737-6787. To see a list of available homes, go to www.HomesInSC.com.

•Beazer opens final phase at Felder Creek•

Buyers soon will face their last chance to purchase new homes in a large neighborhood within Jedburg, according to the builder.

Beazer Homes USA Inc. says it will begin the final phase of home sites in Felder Creek near Summerville.

Including 55 home sites in the final phase, the community will consist of 409 homes once completed. The neighborhood sits less than a mile off Interstate 26 exit 194 at Jedburg Road.

With home prices starting in the mid $100,000s, Felder Creek provides seven floor plans that attract homeowners looking for something affordable and functional.

The final Felder Creek construction stage will feature one- and two-story homes ranging from 1,660 to 3,233 square feet. The 100 percent Energy Star certified homes supply craftsman-style exteriors.

“Some might say we’ve saved the best for last, but we’ll let buyers be the judge of that,” says Doug Schwartz, division president of Beazer Homes for the Charleston-Savannah area.

Felder Creek situates its sales center at 125 Meadow Wood Road in Summerville.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Beazer Homes stands among the nation’s top 10 single-family homebuilders in volume.

The company’s homes meet or exceed the benchmark for Energy Star eco-friendly home construction. They also are designed with flexible floor plan options to satisfy the personal preferences and lifestyles of its buyers, according to Beazer. Also, the community seeks to provide preferred lender choices to boost competition between lenders and enhanced customer service.

Beazer builds homes in 16 states, including South Carolina. The others are comprised of Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

For more information, visit www.beazer.com or contact Sarah Masche, regional marketing manager- South Carolina at 843-746-6531 or


•Klein returns to position at local brokerage•

A veteran Realtor left Carolina One New Homes two years ago but recently chose to come back to oversee new homes in an emerging neighborhood.

Realtor Priscilla Klein recently returned to work with the division following a two year absence. She will be the site agent for The Oaks at Indigo, a Rex Thompson Homes community in North Charleston near the intersection of Ashley Phosphate and Dorchester roads.

Features of all The Oaks at Indigo homes include Smart Tech Plus, an advanced system for the home that can be controlled directly from a smart phone or tablet.

Klein, a Whitesville, N.C., native moved, to the Charleston area 16 years ago. Prior to starting a real estate career, she held a 25-year run in retail management with such companies as Belk, Saks, Dillard and Parisian.

The Realtor, who holds various real estate honors and awards, ranked fifth out of 850 agents in 2009 for “Most Homes Sold by an Individual.”

Klein, who lives west of the Ashley with husband Mark, enjoys decorating and traveling. The couple have two children.

For more, contact Klein via email at pklein@carolinaone.com or by phone at 843-532-8712.

Carolina One New Homes, a sales and marketing leader for new home communities in the metro Charleston area, is a division of Carolina One Real Estate. Founded in 1994, the new-homes division currently represents 30 communities. For more information, visit www.CarolinaOneRealEstate.com.

•New Leaf grabs best neighborhood award•

Fox Hollow in James Island was selected by builders as the “best new community” in the Charleston region.

New Leaf Builders, based in James Island, won the award for Fox Hollow. Located off Woodland Shores Road, Fox Hollow marks itself a certified wildlife habitat community. New Leaf designs nine bungalow-style craftsman homes in the neighborhood. The homes feature the latest in energy efficient Integrated Concrete Form construction, according to the company.

The Charleston Home Builders Association presented the Prism award to New Leaf Builders earlier this month. The HBA Prism Awards are “a distinction of excellence among local, regional, and national builders,” says Randall Sandin, of Charleston Pier Partners - Carolina One Real Estate.

The HBA has awarded New Leaf Builders three Prism awards. They include Best Single Family Home under $300,000 and Best Remodel under $150,000, both in 2012; and Best New Community this year.

For more information, contact Sandin at 843-209-9667 or rsandin@carolinaone.com, or visit www.FoxHollowSC.com.