Area real estate firm brings associates to Dorchester County; dunes properties lands trio for East Cooper offices

Kathryn Renaud

A military relocation pro, Marine Corps veteran, homemaker and bank manager recently placed their licenses with a sizable Charleston area real estate firm.

The four associates joining Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast Real Estate in Summerville are Kathryn Renaud, Craig Jamison, Shawnna Southard and Katherine Drayton.

According to Southern Coast, the agency’s going through a growth spurt and now totals 50 associates in greater Charleston.

Renaud, who relocated to the Lowcountry eight years ago, started as a Realtor in Mount Pleasant with Harbor City Real Estate.

She earned certification as a military relocation specialist and is adept at assisting clients who are new to the area, the agency says.

“We have a very strong relocation business,” says Linda Collins, broker-in-charge. Renaud “has joined us at just the right time as we grow in that department,” Collins says.

Contact Renaud at 843-367-6182 or k.renaud@bhhsscre.com.

Jamison and his family are long-time Summerville residents. He previously was a Carolina One associate and before that, served in the Marine Corps and worked in law enforcement. Jamison says he most often works with residential buyers. “I really enjoy building relationships and helping people achieve their dreams.” he says.

Collins notes, “Craig is extremely trustworthy. He fits in with BHHSSCRE’s (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Southern Coast Real Estate’s) standard of values.”

Contact Jamison at 843-810-6969 or c.jamison@bhhsscre.com.

Southard has spent 13 years raising her four children in Summerville. She enjoys working with first-time home buyers and guiding them through the home ownership process, the company says.

“I am very persistent and don’t stop until I find what my client wants,” Southard says.

“Real estate takes a certain level of tenacity and I know (Southard) will be successful,” Collins says.

Reach Southard at 843-754-6142 or s.southard@bhhsscre.com.

A College of Charleston graduate with a degree in business administration, Drayton lives in Goose Creek with her husband and four children.

She worked for eight years at South State Bank as retail manager. She’s eager to work with first-time home buyers. “I want to make the first buying experience as stress-free as possible,” Drayton says.

She “knows how to educate her clients in a way that sets them at ease,” Collins says. “She is a welcomed addition to our team.”

Contact Drayton at 843-425-2528 or k.drayton@bhhsscre.com.

Collins says she envisions big plans for Berkshire Hathaway Southern Coast Real Estate. “You’ll be seeing more of our cabernet (colored) signs,” she says.

Collins independently owns and operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Southern Coast Real Estate. Visit www.BHHSSCRE.com for more details.

One Mount Pleasant agent can call a dozen cities as well as Charleston home, while a couple will be working together on the Isle of Palms.

The new associates with dunes properties are Betsy Martin, Jeff Foster and Gina Foster.

“After Martin moved 14 times, lived in 13 cities, and bought and sold nine homes, she was destined to become a relocation specialist,” the agency says.

Martin, to be based in Mount Pleasant, has served buyers and sellers for more than a decade, according to dunes properties. She has a mission to offer clients “excellence, integrity, courtesy and respect,” the company says. Martin assures “an exceptional real estate transaction worthy of recommendation.”

Her background stems from the airline and hospitality industries, so she knows “the importance in bringing unprecedented value and a high level of expectations to every client she meets,” dunes properties points out.

Martin serves on the South Carolina Realtor Association legislative and standard forms committee. She’s involved in the Junior League of Charleston, the chapter financial advisor for Charleston Southern University, Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Seacoast Church.

Her “relaxing lifestyle” includes spending time with her husband David on a morning beach run or reading a best seller in her beach chair, dunes properties says. She also enjoys having family and friends visit and share Charleston’s amenities.

Reach Martin at 240-423-6838 or bmartin@dunesproperties.com.

The Fosters met more than 22 years ago. They married and became business partners, while also raising three children. They relocated several times before recently returning to Charleston. The couple now reside on Daniel Island.

A Columbus, Ohio, native, Gina Foster graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a degree in early childhood education. She taught special-needs children before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom. During that time, she was active in community service.

In Kentucky, she helped start a nonprofit organization called Scoops and Scripture, which she’s working on bringing to Charleston, dunes properties notes. She is a sustainer of Junior Auxiliary and current member of the Junior League.

Jeff Foster, originally from Charlotte, graduated from Wingate University with a bachelor’s degree in business. He had “a varied career in the corporate sector” for 27 years before moving into real estate, according to dunes properties.

His corporate background helped him build a solid leadership foundation coupled with a respect for teamwork – two qualities necessary for a successful real estate agent, dunes properties says. He’s been involved in civic organizations such as Easter Seals, Sertoma and the Lions Club.

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The couple “love living in Charleston,” noting that helping others find their own home is what makes real estate so rewarding for them both, dunes properties adds.

Reach the Fosters at 843-901-7622, gfoster@dunesproperties.com, 843-743-9964 or jfoster@dunesproperties.com.

dunes properties coins itself as a boutique real estate, vacation rental and property management company serving the Charleston area since 1989. Its offices are in downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant and the Kiawah/Seabrook area.

Go to www.dunesproperties.com.

Holly Meckley and Megan Walker have signed on with a Summerville-based firm as an agent and as a real estate team aide, respectively.

Starting her real estate career 15 years ago in Florida after leaving a postmaster’s job, Meckley recently placed her Realtor’s license with ReMax Main Street Realty. She built her “love and passion” for the real estate business as her family grew and circumstances changed, the company says. She has four grown sons, helping her realize “the importance of family and relationships with making real estate decisions,” according to ReMax Main Street Realty.

Meckley stands as a “market savvy professional” whose paramount goals are the client’s best interests and satisfaction. She wants to serve clients’ particular needs while bringing superior negotiating skills and market and construction knowledge, “setting her apart from other agents.” According to the ReMax office, she “truly cares about the client and relationship building.”

Walker became assistant to Team Broadway at ReMax Main Street Realty in February. The Summerville native received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the College of Charleston in 2015.

Prior to joining the ReMax team, she assisted local organizations such as the Summerville and Greater Dorchester Chamber of Commerce with social media campaigns and website development. “Her fresh approach and vast knowledge in graphics, social media and advertising” has made Walker an integral part of the team, the agency says.

Visit www.remaxmainstreetrealty.com.

He gained 16 years of experience as a successful real estate consultant and entrepreneur in the North Virginia and Washington, D.C., market.

But Larry LaRoche “fell in love with the Lowcountry lifestyle” on a visit to Charleston with his family, and he decided to move from another historic city, Alexandria, Va., Earlier this year, he joined Berkshire Hathaway Carolina Sun as an agent.

LaRoche’s goal is to make every client’s home sale or purchase as stress free as possible, according to Berkshire Hathaway Carolina Sun.

His business philosophy includes “using the highest quality vendors and cutting edge technologies to help his clients see their homes,” the Mount Pleasant agency notes. LaRoche has sold 98 percent of the homes he’s listed.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolina Sun Real Estate welcomes LaRoche to the office and knows he will be “a valuable asset” to the company and the Charleston real estate market, it says.

Contact LaRoche at 843-830-5977 or Larry@bhhssun.com. His website is Larry.MyHomeCharleston.com.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.