Keller Williams brings on agent trio

New associates at a sizable Charleston area real estate firm bring diverse backgrounds: sales rep, defense analyst and mortgage underwriter.

AJ Barrett, Christine Johnson and Joni Rogerson recently signed on with Keller Williams Realty.

Barrett works out of the company's "market center" in Mount Pleasant. She says it's the 13th most profitable Keller Williams office worldwide.

The Realtor graduated from the College of Charleston in 2007. According to Keller Williams, she has close-to-10 years' sales consulting experience and "consistently" meets or exceeds professional and personal goals. Barrett was named MVP of a 110-plus person sales team in Louisville, Ky., and increased sales more than 42 percent in her last position in Charleston.

"She's proven over and over again that she's driven, focused on client satisfaction, and aggressive in negotiations," Keller Williams notes.

Barrett keeps the company culture in mind when approaching business transactions. She says those objectives include "win-win (or no deal), integrity, customers (always come first), commitment, communication, creativity, teamwork, trust and success."

Her hobbies include singing, writing and meeting new people.

Johnson, meanwhile, joined Keller Williams in its Charleston/Mount Pleasant location. She's lived in the Charleston area for more than 32 years.

Before switching to real estate, Johnson worked for the Department of Defense as a management analyst for 15 years. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, gardening, fishing and Zumba.

Rogerson, a new agent with Keller Williams Realty Charleston, has lived in the Mount Pleasant area for two-and-a-half years.

Before joining Keller Williams, Rogerson already built up an "extensive" background in real estate, according to the agency.

She's worked previously as an agent, mortgage underwriter for 20 years and mortgage loan officer. Her most recent position was with Freddie Mac as senior underwriter in the Washington, D.C. area.

"My professional background gives me the ability to provide the prospective home buyer or seller with a wealth of information on how to successfully market, sell or purchase a new home," Rogerson says. "By combining my experience with my natural desire to help people, I believe I can be of tremendous assistance to anyone needing a real estate specialist."

Rogerson says when she's not selling homes, she spends time with her granddaughter and travels with her husband of 37 years.

Associates pick beachside Carolina One office for new assignments

Two noted Realtors in the Charleston area recently joined Carolina One Real Estate in its office on one of the East Cooper sea islands.

Carol Evans Mitchell and Elise Rivers Kennedy tapped the Isle of Palms center. They're considered "highly experienced veteran" agents, according to Carolina One.

Originally from Augusta, Ga., Mitchell moved to the Charleston area 14 years ago. She's been "a perennial top producer" with two local firms and an Augusta brokerage as well an experienced interior designer, Carolina One says.

Mitchell lives on Daniel Island with her husband, a commercial airline pilot. They have three children and two grandchildren. Mitchell's hobbies consist of painting, designing and antiquing.

Kennedy, a Charleston native, has been a Realtor since 2005.

She previously was associated with Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. as assistant produce director and worked with a local brokerage before moving to Carolina One. She earned a business administration degree from the College of Charleston.

The Realtor and husband Sean have two children and live in Mount Pleasant. According to Carolina One, her avocation revolves around remaining physically fit and spending as much time with her family as possible.

Carolina One Real Estate Services celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The company, which sports 11 retail offices, leads metro Charleston in residential sales.

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Dunes brokerage lines up three new Realtors

A group of agents who recently joined dunes properties hail from the tip of Georgia, the Edge of America and the heart of Europe.

The Realtors are Astrid McManus, Michael McManus and Darrell Weathers.

A multilingual Austrian native, Astrid McManus served as a corporate lawyer before relocating to Charleston's historic district from Vienna in 2000.

She began her real estate career in the downtown Charleston market, "where she quickly put her years of varied experience to work," according to dunes properties.

McManus moved to Kiawah Island in 2005 and has lived and worked there since then, "establishing herself in the golf community." According to dunes properties, she's "known for her success in local competitions." McManus also enjoys her connections to the resort islands, the agency points out.

McManus will hold forth from dunes properties' Bohicket Marina Office with the agency's Kiawah Seabrook Group. She can be reached at or 843-906-0325.

Separately, Michael McManus arrived in the Lowcountry from Georgia in 1990, when the Savannah native got a chance to work at Kiawah Island.

He began his career with the Design and Development team of Cousins Properties of Atlanta and the Sea Pines Company of Hilton Head Island on their joint venture Big Canoe project.

McManus "remains keenly interested in design," according to dunes properties, even as he works in the real estate side of business.

He will be based in dunes properties' The Real Estate Studio at 214 King Street. Reach him at or 843-243-0264.

Weathers, meanwhile, has been involved in real estate for 23 years.

He started working as a general contractor in 1988, followed by real estate in 1991.

Weathers has built and sold close to 200 homes, condominiums and townhouses over the years.

He was born on the Charleston coast and raised on Folly Beach (nicknamed the Edge of America). Weathers has lived in the Charleston area his whole life.

According to dunes properties, Weathers shows a "passion for Charleston (that) translates into his work, where his mission is to work for his clients with the most efficiency, convenience and professionalism possible."

Weathers will be based in the company's Folly Beach office at 31 Center St. He's available at or 843-607-2164.

Dunes properties describes itself as a boutique real estate, vacation rental and property management company launched in 1989 and with offices in downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms and Kiawah/Seabrook.

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Local agents with Weichert, Realtors named award winners

The Charleston area office of a national brokerage racked up achievements and accolades at a banquet late last month in North Carolina.

Weichert, Realtors-Palmetto Coast saw seven agents inducted into top-sellers groups and win achievement awards. One of the associates also took home top Weichert honors for the Southeast.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc., the company's national franchise organization, presented awards at the Feb. 28 banquet in Charlotte. Annalisa Jordan, broker/owner of the Mount Pleasant-based Palmetto Coast office, announced the local winners recently.

Elizabeth Pappas and Karla Leahy, inducted into the affiliates' 2013 President's Club, headed the list for Palmetto Coast. Jayme Knoll, Michael Kent Covington, Nicole Madey and Sheryl Hill were named to the affiliates' 2013 Executive Club.

And Nancy Hansen took home a 2013 Sales Achievement award presented by the Weichert affiliates.

The Mount Pleasant group earned awards from among Weichert associates in 37 states. The honors were based on commission income earned in 2013.

In addition to the national kudos, the Weichert Southeast Coastal Broker Council presented honors. They included Leahy being recognized as the Top Overall Associate, the Top Selling Associate in GCI (gross commission income) and the Top Selling Associate in Units for the year.

For more information, contact Jordan at 843-375-2075.

Custom division of David Weekley Homes wins award for Hilton Head home

A South Carolina house built by a national builder's custom-home wing recently earned one of the top-flight American living awards.

Custom Classics Distinctive Residences built the home at Hilton Head Island. The company serves as the luxury custom homebuilding division of David Weekley Homes - which frames houses in the Charleston area among other markets. The residence won the Best in American Living Award for housing design.

Visbeen Architects Inc. and Low Tide Designs sketched out the house. The "Laurel" design won a national "platinum" honor for best detached home, 3,001-4,000 square feet, that's built for sale. The Laurel also won best design in the South Atlantic region.

Professional Builder magazine and the National Association of Home Builders sponsors the Best in American Living Award (BALA) program, which "showcases homes that illustrate design quality, succeed in the marketplace and exemplify the best in American living."

Custom Classic Distinctive Residences now builds homes in Hilton Head Island as well as Houston; Dallas; Atlanta; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Raleigh, N.C. Its Houston-based parent David Weekley Homes got its start in 1976.

Commercial real estate company expands Charleston office, brokerage team

A Columbia property management veteran and a former manager in Charleston will take over new roles with NAI Avant in the Lowcountry.

Helen Baldwin will be senior property manager for the Charleston office, while Scott Peevy will join the Charleston brokerage team.

For the past 16 years, Baldwin served as a property manager for NAI Avant's Columbia office. She's considered one of the company's leading property management specialists, "consistently achieving high client, tenant and owner satisfaction," the brokerage says.

In her senior property manager role in Charleston, she will be involved in financial operations, single- and multi-tenant building budgets, maintenance supervisory posts, contract negotiations and landlord-tenant relations.

In turn, Peevy as broker with NAI Avant will be an active member of the office brokerage team. He will specialize in "providing landlords, tenants and users with a variety of commercial real estate services," the firm says.

NAI Avant says its commercial real estate business, which employs more than 65 professionals, stands as one of the largest such ventures in the Southeast.

The company's Property and Project Management Group oversees a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Its Avant Healthcare Division provides a range of services to hospitals, clinics and physician groups.

As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe.

Founded in 1966, NAI Avant has its headquarters in Columbia and an office in Charleston. David Grubbs, managing principal of the Charleston office, can be reached at 843-814-6111 or

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Three agents join real estate company's upper Mount Pleasant office

Carolina One Real Estate has brought on an Augusta native and two professionals born in Greenville for its Longpoint Road center.

The new agents are Ward Perry, Matthew DeVita and Lora Goolsby.

Goolsby, of Augusta, Ga., moved to the Charleston area close to16 years ago. She's spent seven years in the insurance business and worked for industry leaders Prudential and Metropolitan.

Married with two children, the University of Georgia graduate enjoys dining out, reading and kayaking, according to Carolina One.

DeVita, a Greenville native, graduated from Clemson University with a degree in health services administration. He relocated to Charleston close to three years ago and had been a director of operations for the Chick-fil-A franchise in the northern part of Mount Pleasant. He likes hunting and fishing and is an avid surfer.

A 1995 College of Charleston graduate, Perry got into real estate seven years ago and has been a perennial "top producer' in Bluefield, W.Va.. The Greenville native has lived in Charleston off and on for the past 11 years, according to Carolina One.

"The Longpoint Road sales office is proud and happy to welcome this varied and experienced group of professionals to our real estate team," says Terry Horres, office manager and broker in charge.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Carolina One Real Estate Services runs 11 sales offices, a full service mortgage division and departments specializing in commercial real estate, insurance, new homes, property management, relocation, title services and vacation rentals.

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