AgentOwned brings on 10-year real estate veteran; community management firm selects southeastern regional manager

Mark Godwin

A decade ago, Mark Godwin left a successful career in food service, “decided to enter real estate and found his niche,” says his new realty partner. He’s relocated again, but this time to a new firm rather than a different field.

Godwin signed on at AgentOwned Realty as an associate. The office stands at 1800 Old Trolley Road in Summerville.

Born and raised in Wilson, North Carolina, the agent hails from an eastern North Carolina barbecue family, Godwin’s BBQ. The Godwins owned and operated the family business for 52 years. Mark Godwin worked there for 13 years and was rapidly elevated to manager “due to his great managerial skills, his disarming personality and his passion for excellence,” AgentOwned says.

Godwin moved to the Charleston area in 1993 to complete his college education at Johnson & Wales University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality sales. “Excelling in his chosen field,” Godwin landed a job with the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and was promoted to one of the “group services specialists.”

In 2006, he switched to real estate. “His past employment and experience rounds out one excellent, experienced Realtor,” AgentOwned says. According to the realty, Godwin has an “astounding” ability to work closely with his clients and find them their ideal home. His efforts to sell their homes are “unsurpassed. He gets the job done and done well,” the agency points out.

Godwin is a “hands-on” Realtor who believes timely communication is of the utmost importance. “He keeps his clients up to date and informed during all phases of the transaction,” AgentOwned says.

Reach Godwin at 843-478-8453 or

Mitchell Krauss’ background in the community management field, broad understanding of Southern cities and towns, and deftness at serving clients lead to his promotion to a regional position.

He’s now the regional sales director for Associa in the southeastern United States, responsible for “development and performance of all sales activities” for the company’s 10 branches in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Texas-based Associa bills itself as a global leader in community management with more than 10,000 employees in 180 branches in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

“Since joining the Associa family last year, Mitch has impressed us all with his customer service skills, local knowledge about the marketplace and wealth of industry expertise,” says Sean West, the company’s vice president of sales.

“I am looking forward to seeing him expand upon the relationships he’s built,” West says, “and continue promoting our unsurpassed services throughout the entire Southeast region.”

Prior to earning the regional post, Krauss had served since March 2015 as director of management services at Association Services of Florida, an Associa company. He’s been involved in the community management industry for more than 11 years in sales, marketing, operations, procurement and human resource management.

Krauss earned his master’s of business administration from Nova Southeastern University and bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from Florida State University.

Launched 37 years ago, Associa provides “customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision.” For more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to or

A job transfer brought one associate to the Charleston area; another was lured in part by warmer weather.

Melissa Perez and Carolyn Day joined Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast Real Estate to serve clients looking to buy and sell homes. The pair work from the agency’s Dorchester County office.

Day relocated from Connecticut in 2012. According to Southern Coast, she chose Charleston “for its growing economy, warm climate and friendly people.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and spent much of her career at a major pharmaceutical company before becoming a real estate agent.

Day carries a certificate in interior design, “which aids her in providing exceptional staging recommendations to her clients,” the realty says. She also brings “great attention to detail and fresh perspective on the Charleston market,” making her a valuable resource for her clients, according to Southern Coast.

“Carolyn has been involved in real estate and loves the personal aspect of helping her clients. She is a delight,” says Linda Collins, owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Southern Coast Real Estate.

The associate gives back to the community, volunteering for Reading with Realtors, Lowcountry Foodbank Cooking Matters and Charleston Parks, according to the real estate company.

Residing in Summerville, the agent and husband, Rick, enjoy spending time with their grandson, Jameson. Reach Day at 843-509-3178 or via email at

Perez joins Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast as a member of the Stabenau Group.

She arrives in South Carolina by way of Texas, where she worked as an agent for a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices affiliate in Houston. Prior to pursuing a real estate career, Perez held positions in the mortgage industry for more than 13 years.

A job transfer for Perez’s husband brought the couple to Charleston. She “immediately” knew she would join Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast Real Estate after the Stabenau group helped Perez on her own real estate transaction.

“Thank you Melissa for joining our firm, first as a client and now as an associate with the Stabenau Group. We welcome you and look forward to your growth in Lowcountry Real Estate,” Collins says.

Perez and her husband have five children and a silky terrier. In her spare time, she enjoys decorating and do-it-yourself projects.

Contact Perez at 805-285-6455 or

Collins independently owns and operates Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast Real Estate, which blankets metro Charleston.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in California, is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is majority owner.

Starting as an office assistant, Eve Sokol Appel launched a real estate career before foregoing the trade for a time to help with her family’s retail store. Now she’s returned to real estate, working with the Realtor who helped get her started.

Appel recently signed up with Elaine Brabham & Associates as an agent.

The third generation Charlestonian graduated from St. Andrew’s High School west of the Ashley and then the University of Maryland before returning to Charleston to begin a family. She has three children.

In 2001, she began working for Brabham as an office assistant and “soon after went full time into real estate,” according to Elaine Brabham & Associates.

While keeping her license active, Appel began working in her family’s business, Morris Sokol Furniture. “After her father’s retirement, she came full circle back in the real estate business,” the agency says.

Appel is “thrilled” to be working with Brabham again and her team, according to the West Ashley-based realty.

In her free time, Appel likes to garden, go to the beach and spend time with family and her dog, Boone.

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Handsome Properties added an experienced agent to its lineup recently.

The new Realtor is Patty Byrne, who will be specializing in real estate sales in downtown Charleston and on Kiawah Island.

The 25-year Charleston resident “has immersed herself in real estate since she was a child,” Handsome Properties notes.

Her father was the national president of the Society of Industrial Realtors and the president of Lehman Associates, the family’s commercial estate firm centered in the New York and New Jersey area.

“Patty’s enthusiasm and philanthropic background are sure to serve her well here at Handsome. We are excited to have her on our team,” says Debbie Fisher, broker-in-charge and owner of Handsome Properties.

Previously, Byrne represented the work of noted water colorist, Ray Ellis. She traveled across the U.S. and abroad promoting Ellis’ work, “not only to private collectors but corporate entities,” the agency says.

Her outside pursuits include dedicating her time to Dragon Boat Charleston, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center and the 9/11 Silent Walk.

Byrne says her favorite aspects of Charleston are the walkability and living on the harbor.

Contact her at 973-868-1039 or

Handsome Properties describes itself as a boutique Charleston firm specializing in historic and waterfront properties.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or