Associate chooses Coldwell Banker in move from Georgia


Nanda Ragala intends to focus on education and technology to aid clients with a large real estate franchise's Mount Pleasant office.

He recently signed on with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in its center at 1127 Queensborough Blvd., Suite 103.

Previously, Ragala was an associate for Coldwell Banker in Atlanta.

According to the real estate company, Ragala moved to the Charleston area "to build lasting relationships." Among his talents are to help people and families with their buying or selling process. The agent says he plans to use the "latest technology and providing reports to educate clients." At the same time, he looks to provide "an experience of a lifetime."

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Downtown realty brings on veteran agent


An associate who spends free time taking part in Lowcountry civic events has joined Applegate Real Estate as a broker associate.

Jack Gumb works from the company's downtown Charleston office. Racking up 13 years of real estate experience, the Charleston native "has developed a deep appreciation for the city and its environs," the agency notes. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina. He returned to the Lowcountry afterwards to begin his real estate career with The Masters Co.

He cared for first-time, investment property, commercial and residential buyers and sellers during a five year stint. The varied experience prompted him to open Gumb Real Estate as the principal broker.

In his first project, Gumb oversaw "a large-scale historic restoration that would span three years and result in three high-end condominiums housed in a circa 1855 home on Vanderhorst Street in downtown Charleston's design district."

His firm soon after merged with The Litchfield Company, and he opened and operated the company's Charleston arm for seven years. He brings a "keen interest in maintaining the integrity of Charleston’s prized historic district, the soundness of its many natural resources and quality of surrounding neighborhoods," the company says.

Gumb also stays active in the community and assists nonprofits including the Carolina Youth Development Center, Coastal Conservation Association and Spoleto Festival USA. He's also a member of the National Association of Realtors and Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, the Hibernian Society, the Porter-Gaud School Alumni Board and Grace Episcopal Church. He lives on the Isle of Palms with his wife Elizabeth and their three children.

"Jack is a great addition to the firm, bringing with him vast knowledge of the real estate market, strong relationships in Charleston and a close connection to the community," says Cuyler Applegate, owner and broker-in-charge of Applegate Real Estate.

Applegate Real Estate is a boutique real estate firm in downtown Charleston specializing in historic downtown properties, the expanding upper peninsula, Lowcountry waterfront and neighborhoods just over the Ashley and Ravenel bridges.

Contact Gumb at or 843-860-2020.

Nesbitt joins newer local real estate company


She grew up in Sumter and is a "passionate Realtor" who looks to make her mark with Berkshire Hathaway Carolina Sun Real Estate, signing on with the firm this spring.

Kristina Nesbitt met her high school sweetheart and husband of 14 years in Sumter, and they have two daughters, Bailey and Kinsley. Her husband's career took the family all over South Carolina. "That is part of the reason I am passionate about being a Realtor," she says. Nesbitt says as an agent, she's experienced in buying and selling, because "I have been in your shoes repeatedly." She calls herself "a great listener, and will do everything she can help connect people with the right home in a timely manner' and find people their future home.

In her off hours, she enjoys coaching her eldest daughter's soccer team and cheering on her youngest daughter at gymnastics. "On the weekends our family enjoys traveling or setting sail on our boat to visit the nearby islands," Nesbitt says.

Former auto sales pro enlists with The Beach Co.

Newly licensed real estate associate Nina Freeman climbed on board with an established real estate venture in metro Charleston.

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Will Freeman, broker-in-charge of the Beach Co., welcomed her to the team. Freeman, he says, is a new agent with The Beach Co. who "brings a fresh and eager attitude to the office every day." She also boasts years of sales experience in the automotive industry, and "I expect she will hit the ground running full speed," he says.

Firm's new homes wing and Cane Bay office add long-time, newcomer agents


A pair of real estate associates, achieving close to two decades of industry background and just new to the business, separately agreed to work with Carolina One.

Robert Benware, Jr. points to a 23-year career in sales and marketing real estate. He's licensed in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Meanwhile, Nathan McKinney is new to  real estate while having lived in the Charleston area and employed as a certified marine technician.

Benware joined Carolina One New Homes, and McKinney is an agent in the company's new office along U.S. Highway 176 in Summerville.

A Realtor since 1995, Benware worked as a sales and marketing manager with regional home builders MDC and Traton Homes in Atlanta and as general manager for Disney at Celebration in Orlando. He's also been vice president of sales for national home builder DR Horton in Florida and for Level Homes in Charleston.

The agent, a native of Westbrook, Maine, graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in liberal arts.

He will concentrate on representing Structures Building Company, Custom Builders and Trellis Builders selling lots and custom homes in the upscale Hibben community at Belle Hall in Mount Pleasant.

Benware and his wife Rebecca live in Mount Pleasant with two children Millie, 5 and Will, 3. His hobbies are boating, fishing and music.

Meanwhile, real estate newcomer McKinney has been around the Charleston area for some time. A Lowcountry resident for the past eight years, McKinney worked for Berkeley Outdoors Marine. The Moncks Corner dealership specializes in boat sales and service, sporting goods and outdoor supplies and equipment sales.

At the Moncks Corner operation, he was a marine technician, sales associate and company finance manager. He is married and lives in Moncks Corner with his wife and two dogs. The outdoors enthusiast likes to boat, hunt, camp, shoot and watch college football.

Carolina One Real Estate Services showcases a full-service mortgage division, 14 sales offices and departments devoted to commercial real estate, property and casualty insurance, new homes construction, company relocation, residential property management, beach and vacation rentals, title services and property maintenance.

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