Hagan signs on with Berkshire Hathaway affiliate; Century 21 associate earns president’s trophy

Dixie Hagan

Real estate specialist Dixie Hagan recently signed on with a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate in its Mount Pleasant locale.

Hagan, a 30-year Mount Pleasant resident, got in the Realtor business in 2006. She relocated from Statesboro, Ga., and previously was in the accounting industry.

Hagan says she’s excited to team up with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolina Sun Real Estate, the agency says. She has worked with many buyers and sellers in the Charleston area, according to Carolina Sun.

The versatile agent has received designations on short sales and as a foreclosure intervention specialist, relocation specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert and Certified Distressed Property Expert. She’s also a member of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Before joining the Carolina Sun office, Hagan worked with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

Call 843-729-9878, email DixieHagan@bhhssun.com or visit DixieHagan.MyHomeCharleston.com.

Touted as a “leader and innovator,” one of Century 21 Properties Plus’ agents earned a “president’s” honor for sales efforts.

Kimberly Lease received the award from Century 21 Real Estate LLC. The annual President’s Producers trophy is bestowed upon sales affiliates for a commitment to quality service and productivity.

“Kimberly is a leader and innovator in delivering powerful home buying and selling choices to her clients because she knows the community she serves,” says Tim Rash, broker-in-charge of Century 21 Properties Plus. “Kimberly is a valued and trusted real estate resource for the Charleston community and a major contributor to the overall success of Century 21 Properties Plus.”

She garnered the Century 21 Centurian and Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer awards in the same calendar year. The Centurian Producer honor recognizes associates with a minimum of 65 closed deals within a calendar year, while the Quality Service Pinnacle Producer award goes to affiliates who receive completed customer surveys for at least 30 percent of their transactions Jan.-Oct. 31 and score at 95 percent or higher.

Visit www.century21properties.com.

A noted local real estate company recently lined up sales agents with backgrounds in hospitality, preservation, accounting, marketing and psychology.

Carolina One Real Estate Services says the five professionals joined separate sales centers. The new associates are Jason Charles Adler, W. Andrew Thomas, Paige Hutto Avera, Rich Easton and Christie Fabie.

Adler worked in the food and beverage industry before placing his license with Carolina One’s Folly Road office, the company says. The Savannah native has lived in the Charleston area for the past eight years.

A Mount Pleasant native, Thomas graduated from the University of South Carolina with a focus on history and political science. He previously had a position in the publishing business in Charleston. He signed on at Carolina One’s downtown Broad Street office.

“In addition to his love of history and architecture, Thomas cares deeply about historic preservation,” the agency notes.

Avera, a 12-year real estate veteran, returned to the Isle of Palms office of Carolina One after a four-year absence. Born in Hampton, she graduated from Clemson University with an accounting degree. The agency says she’s a “perennial real estate top producer.” Avera also counts credentials as a Certified International Property Specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Avera, who has three children, moved to Charleston in 2001.

A former sales and marketing pro with two Fortune 500 companies, Easton launched and ran Easton Consulting Group LLC. He carries “extensive real estate and corporate relocation experience in six regions, cities and states across the U.S.,” according to Carolina One.

The Union College graduate plays golf and is a music enthusiast. He lives in Mount Pleasant with wife Karen. Easton will be based in Carolina One’s office on U.S. Highway 17 North.

Fabie, a psychology major at Winthrop University, earned her law degree from the West Virginia College of Law. The former Mount Pleasant resident moved back to the area last year and is pursuing a real estate career at the Coleman Boulevard office of Carolina One.

Carolina One Real Estate Services, which is 52 years old, boasts a full-service mortgage division and 11 retail offices. Other departments include insurance, new homes, relocation, commercial real estate, property management, vacation rentals and title services. Visit www.carolinaone.com.

The Cassina Group has added a new agent who touts experience in architecture and culinary pursuits.

David Bouffard, born in Vermont, has lived in Charleston for more than 10 years, the agency says.

He’s spent the past 20 years practicing architecture in Washington, D.C., New York City, London and Charleston – where he’s employed by Liollio Architecture. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Bouffard also co-owns the Sugar Bakeshop, a downtown bakery on Cannon Street. The spot “has received both regional and national attention,” according to The Cassina Group. Bouffard also has taken part in local fundraising and charitable drives supporting the arts, preservation and green space.

“We are thrilled to have David join The Cassina Group,” says Owen Tyler, managing broker. “His architectural background, community involvement and entrepreneurial spirit align well with our company’s principles, and we look forward to having him as part of the team.”

The Cassina Group calls itself “Charleston’s innovation-driven real estate firm,” delivering results through leading-edge technology and building lasting relationships. The boutique brokerage counts offices in Mount Pleasant and in Charleston.

Go to www.TheCassinaGroup.com or call 843-628-0008.

Dexter Rumsey took home the “top overall producer” honor for the Charleston office of a regional commercial brokerage at its recent 2015 awards banquet.

NAI Avant held the event in the past few weeks. Most of the winners were from its main Columbia office.

Tom Milliken earned top overall producer for the company and top sales producer for the Columbia office. He and son, Tombo, received an “exceptional award for completing the largest and most complex transaction in NAI Avant’s 50 year history,” the company says.

Roger Winn won for top leasing agent in the Columbia office. “Tom, Dexter and Roger are invaluable members of our brokerage team,” says Bruce Harper, president and broker-in-charge of the Columbia office.

“Year after year, they set the standard for exceptional real estate services around the state,” he says.

Also, NAI Avant Chief Financial Officer Traci Tasca received the firm’s 2015 President’s Award “in recognition of her dedication to the firm and commitment to excellence in serving our valued clients,” according to the agency.

NAI Avant, which boasts more than 65 professionals, started in business in 1966.

Go to www.naiavant.com.

A “long-time desire to work in real estate” recently paid off for Elizabeth Kruger, who signed on with a luxury agency in Charleston.

She previously specialized for nine years in the “home building and supplies industry,” most recently in outside sales for a Charleston-based floor covering distributor calling on independent retailers along the South Carolina and North Carolina coast.

In switching professions, Kruger joined up with William Means Real Estate.

“Her strength is understanding the goals of her clients and working tirelessly to find them solutions to fulfill their specific needs,” says Helen Geer, broker-in-charge at William Means.

Kruger’s passion for people is a real asset for the firm, Geer adds.

Raised in Florida, Kruger attended Clemson University where she studied real estate finance, the agency notes.

She visited Charleston during her freshmen year and “immediately fell in love with the city,” according to William Means. Kruger moved to Charleston the week after she graduated from college and now lives west of the Ashley.

Formed 83 years ago, William Means Real Estate counts itself as one of the oldest real estate companies in Charleston. Geer has been owner and broker-in-charge since 1999. Nineteen years ago, William Means Real Estate became an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.

The company has offices on Broad Street in downtown Charleston and in Mount Pleasant.

Visit www.charlestonrealestate.com.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC presented a nationwide producer award to a veteran Charleston area agent.

Debbie Cromer, a sales affiliate of Century 21 Properties Plus, earned the Diamond Masters Award for sales totals in 2015.

Diamond level status is awarded to agents who were involved in a minimum of 54 closed transactions in a calendar year.

“Debbie places her real estate wisdom and passion for life into her everyday business, helping to make clients more comfortable with the real estate transaction as they make what may be the most significant purchase of their lives,” says Tim Rash, broker-in-charge of Century 21 Properties Plus.

She is “a valued and trusted real estate resource for the Charleston community,” Rash says.

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