Investment property pro joins ERA Wilder on James Island


Bringing five years' real estate experience, Keith Gasque put down Lowcountry roots this winter with a substantial Columbia-headquartered realty.

ERA Wilder Realty James Island, the local affiliate, says the specialist in developing homes and properties in the Charleston area recently signed on with its real estate sales team.

"I am thrilled to join ERA Wilder. I am committed to applying my knowledge of buying and selling in the greater Charleston area with the help of such a strong and collaborative team," Gasque says.

He was born and raised in Myrtle Beach and attended Coastal Carolina University. He started in real estate in 2013, focusing on investment properties and primary residences in downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island and area's barrier islands, according to ERA Wilder James Island. Gasque is also a member of Charleston Young Professionals and the national and South Carolina associations of Realtors.

Gasque "enjoys everything that the Lowcountry has to offer and is anxious to share his love and passion for this area with his clients," according to the realty.

“Keith is a pro-active problem solver who will do anything it takes to help his clients' reach their goals," says Jennifer Finger Krause, broker-in-charge.

As an ERA agent, Gasque will be able to offer home buyers and sellers a variety of innovative products and services. They include programs such as a seller's security plan, online marketing programs, extensive listings-distribution and such services as mortgage, title and home warranty.

Founded in the Columbia area 23 years ago, ERA Wilder Realty describes itself as one of the largest real estate companies in South Carolina. Visit

New agent with William Means attracted to historic architecture


A luxury real estate firm with offices downtown and in East Cooper has added an associate known for her personal demeanor and an interest in Charleston's "aesthetic appeal."

Grace Perry Daughtridge joined the agents at William Means Real Estate, an exclusive affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate. She developed a bent toward real estate after monitoring the Charleston area's economic and residential growth, according to the real estate company.

"A self-described 'people person,' Daughtridge works to create a strong (and) personal connection with her clients, allowing her to fully understand what they need in a new home," William Means notes.

The Wofford College graduate began in the property management field in 2011, "learning the importance of working with all parties to have a beneficial and smooth real estate transaction," the firm says.

She draws on an interest in art history to showcase Charleston’s architecture and style over the centuries. “I love the aesthetic appeal Charleston naturally provides,” Daughtridge says. “This can be from older architecture of functionality to the ornate details of moldings and decorative fireplaces (found) behind the front door. Charleston homes provide not only history but some quirky yet wonderful charm that many have come to love,” she says.

Daughtridge counts memberships in National Society of the Colonial Dames and Charleston Library Society. She is a member of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian church and a past president of the Young Alumni Association for Porter-Gaud.

Formed in 1933, Williams Mean Real Estate holds offices on Broad Street in Charleston and in Mount Pleasant. Helen Lyles Geer has been president and broker-in-charge since 1999.

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Riley earns leading executive designation

The top staff person of Charleston Trident Association of Realtors garnered a title that's at the leading edge of professional-organization managers.

Wil Riley, the Realtors association and Multiple Listing Service chief executive officer, earned the Certified Association Executive designation. According to CTAR, it's the highest professional credential in the association industry.

To be slated a Certified Association Executive, the candidate must hold at least three years experience in nonprofit management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, "pass a challenging exam focused on association management and pledge to uphold a code of ethics," the Realtors association notes.

The more-than-5,700-member metro Charleston group is charged with promoting exemplary standards of professionalism, ethics, education and technology. It also seeks to ensure that "members are the primary source for real estate services in the South Carolina Lowcountry." Go to

Agent certified as property specialist

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A Mount Pleasant-based Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate qualified for a designation showing she's top-notch at handling international transactions.

Duval B. Acker earned the Certified International Property Specialist title. The international property specialist designation is geared to Realtors "who wish to develop or grow their international real estate business," Carolina One points out. Acker works from the agency's Mount Pleasant Longpoint Road office.

By earning the designation, Acker can access the CIPS Network made up of more than 3,500 real estate professionals in 45 countries. It also shows she received "specialized training to complete international transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk." The real estate practitioners also are National Association of Realtors members.

Acker previously gained the Certified Negotiation Expert designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute. Associates who earned the negotiation expert certification are in the top 1 percent of agents nationally, according to the greater Charleston agency.

Carolina One's stable of ventures include sales offices as well as departments specializing in mortgage, insurance, relocation, new homes, commercial real estate, property management, resort rentals, title services and property maintenance.


Commercial Realtor honor goes to brokerage's Owens


A 33-year career as real estate professional and keen insights for buyers and landlords on commercial development deals led Jack Owens to being named 2017 Commercial Realtor of the Year.

Owens, a Certified Commercial Investment Member with local brokerage Lee & Associates, won the honor after his nomination by peers and colleagues. Charleston Trident Association of Realtors bestowed the award.

The Charlestonian brings experience in development, leasing and sales of office, retail and warehouse properties and commercial land. He represents landlords and buyer while working with local, regional and national companies. According to the Realtors' association, Owens' development background "adds an understanding to local and state permitting agencies (that are) often needed to assure the success of complicated sales and leases."

Owens joined Lee & Associates in 2011 and has been "an integral part of the brokerage team," the company says.

Launched in 1979, Lee & Associates specializes in office, industrial, retail, investment and appraisal services to meet the specialized real estate needs of its clients. Go to