Real Estate News - Florida native becomes new associate with Keller Williams; local commercial firm taps Roland as new investment specialist

The newly framed house at 26 Smith St. in downtown Charleston includes three residences with three bedrooms apiece (Provided).

A top-notch residential seller in western North Carolina signed on with Keller Williams Realty in the Lowcountry last month.

McLain Jones moved to Charleston with his wife Matille and dog Mosley nearly three years ago. He has enjoyed growing his own residential real estate brokerage locally, but in December he decided to make the transfer to Keller Williams Realty.

Driving his decision was the chance to use the agency's customer relationship and business development expertise "to better serve his clients and expand his business," it says.

Keller Williams Realty notes that Jones, known for "a quick smile and genuine manner," has excelled in residential real estate over the past decade.

Jones was born in Tallahassee, Fla., but has been "completely enamored" with the Carolinas, the agency says. He graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in biology in 2005 but veered to "a more relational industry," the realty says.

While an on-site agent at Bear Lake Reserve in the western North Carolina mountains, Jones handled 29.4 percent of developer sales on a seven-member team. He also "received the best sales training in the country through his Fortune 500 employer."

The agency says that Jones "enjoys all things outdoors, reading fiction, and involvement in his local church."

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Expanding its retail bent, the NAI Avant commercial real estate office in Charleston has brought on Doug Roland as Investment Sales Advisor.

Roland has racked up nine years of diverse experience in the real estate industry with in-depth knowledge regarding investment sales, acquisitions, leasing and tenant representation, the company says.

Most recently, Roland held an associate position with Marcus & Millichap in which he specialized in the disposition of assets such as retail shopping centers.

In his new role as investment sales advisor, Roland will focus on single tenant net-leased assets including shopping centers.

According to NAI Avant, the advisor approaches real estate from the angle of building relationships. He also emphasizes providing clients with cutting edge resources, services and market research.

At the same time, Roland tailors strategies and solutions for each client, assists in making informed decisions and delivers a high-level of execution, NAI Avant says.

Roland has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Georgia. An avid sportsman, he is an active supporter of various marine and environmental protection groups.

NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia with an office in Charleston. It touts one of the largest commercial real estate businesses in the Southeast.

The agency sports more than 65 professionals handling brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.

As a member of the NAI Global Network, the firm affiliates with more than 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries worldwide. Meanwhile, NAI Avant's Property and Project Management Group manages a multimillion square foot portfolio of properties in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Its Avant Healthcare Division provides a range of services to hospitals, clinics and physician groups.

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The volume of properties going through the foreclosure process in Charleston-North Charleston dissipated in October, mirroring state and national trends.

That's according to newly released figures from CoreLogic real estate analysis firm.

Foreclosure activity in the Charleston-North Charleston area worked out to 1.6 percent of outstanding mortgages in October, a 0.95 percentage point decrease from the 2.55 percent rate a year earlier.

Greater Charleston-North Charleston also saw a decrease in the mortgage delinquency rate.

CoreLogic numbers show that 3.83 percent of home loans in October were 90 days or more past due compared with 5.05 percent for the same period last year - a 1.22 percentage point slide.

According to researcher data, metro Charleston and North Charleston showed a faster rate of decline in foreclosures and in seriously past due loans than either South Carolina or the U.S.

The state's foreclosure rate for October was 1.51 percent, down 0.73 percentage points from 2.24 percent a year earlier. At the same time, the October national foreclosure share of 1.52 percent was off 0.69 percentage points from 2.21 percent the previous year.

Separately, the 90-days-plus delinquency rate in South Carolina was 4 percent in October. That was off 0.95 percentage points from 4.95 percent in October 2013. And the three-months-or-more past due rate countrywide in October landed at 4.11 percent, a 1.05 percentage point drop from 5.16 percent the prior October.

According to CoreLogic, the foreclosure rate refers to the share of loans in some stage of the foreclosure process. As defined by the legal process, foreclosures take place when owners' rights to property are terminated, usually due to default. Meanwhile, the 90 day plus delinquency rate involves the percentage of loans that are more than three months in arrears, including those in foreclosure.

CoreLogic says its foreclosure figures represent the current stock, or "inventory," of loans in the foreclosure process, which offers a comprehensive view of foreclosure trends. The forecaster says it has about 85 percent coverage of foreclosure data.

Based in Irvine, Calif., the global property information, analytics and services provider boasts more than 3.5 billion records of public, contributory and proprietary sources spanning more than 40 years. The sources permit CoreLogic to provide "detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information," it says.

CoreLogic covers the real estate, mortgage finance, insurance and capital markets as well as the public sector. For more information, visit the company's website at

Two innovative local contractors teamed up recently to frame a home set up as three separate residences in the midst of Charleston's historic district.

The collaboration of New Leaf Builders and Flyway Construction took place at 26 Smith St., a block from the Wentworth Mansion.

The downtown property provides a "pristine location" to potential home buyers, the companies note.

According to Flyway and New Leaf, "This beautiful Charleston home features three distinct units, each boasting three bedrooms and three bathrooms." Hardwood floors can be found throughout the structure. There are also large windows with views of the city.

An open floor plan incorporates granite counter tops and gas range stoves; covered porches; a deck off the master bedrooms; large basement storage areas; and green, energy efficient features. The dwelling provides two off-street parking spots per unit, according to the contractors.

A Georgia native whose family was involved in buying and selling homes has come onboard with one of the most established firms in greater Charleston.

Jane Dowd recently joined the William Means Real Estate team. She has been working as a licensed Realtor since 2005 and has qualified for the Circle of Excellence a number of times, according to the Charleston-based company launched in 1933.

Born and raised in Augusta, Ga., Dowd "developed a love of Charleston at an early age," William Means Real Estate notes.

Her father Will Barrett was a graduate of The Citadel and brought the family to the Isle of Palms and Kiawah Island for summer vacations. Barrett also gave his daughter an "inside look" at the residential real estate business through his own Augusta-based company.

Dowd would return to South Carolina to earn a degree in business administration from the College of Charleston.

"We choose carefully the agents that will join our hard-working team and we're thrilled to have Jane Dowd working with us," says Helen Geer, broker-in-charge at William Means.

"Her love of the Charleston area, her connections and her experience in the real estate industry will be a real asset to our clients in Charleston and Mount Pleasant," she says.

Dowd and her husband, Sted Dowd, live in West Ashley with their two teenage children, Barrett and Stedman. The family enjoys tennis, water activities and College of Charleston basketball, according to William Means Real Estate. Dowd is an avid runner, triathlete and gardener. She also volunteers at Charleston Day and Porter-Gaud schools.

Dowd has been on several mission trips, including a journey to Africa in which she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. According to the agency, she tries to do at least one mission trip each year, and daughter Barrett has accompanied her on all of them.

At age 82, William Means Real Estate is one of the oldest real estate companies in Charleston. Geer took over as owner and broker-in-charge in 1999.

Eighteen years ago, the agency became an exclusive affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate.

William Means Real Estate staffs offices on Broad Street in downtown Charleston and in Mount Pleasant to assist East Cooper clients. In 2009, the company began representing homes in the neo-traditional I'On neighborhood in Mount Pleasant.

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New agents with a sizable local agency bring "southern hospitality" and management skills, among other talents, to their posts.

The associates are Bradley Baker, a 26-year-old Charleston native; and Clara Lang, who moved to the Lowcountry seven years ago. They each joined Keller Williams Realty.

As a real estate agent working in his hometown, Baker carries "a wealth of knowledge about buying and selling in the Charleston area," according to the company.

He brings expertise in personal and business loans from continuing his father's business, Baker Mortgage Co.

Baker has background experience as a property manager for his business AMBRA LLC, overseeing properties in Charleston, Columbia and Scottsdale, Ariz.

He has worked for Black Board Marketing as a marketing specialist and sales representative.

After studying business at Lynn University in South Florida, he began working for Netcom Broad Band Services and was an active member of their sales department.

Lang, meanwhile, plies her trade from the Keller Williams Realty office in Mount Pleasant.

She graduated from Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., with a degree in business administration.

Relocating to Charleston in 2008, she sports a professional background in hospitality management. Lang worked with some of the leading hotels and resorts in the area prior to starting a real estate career, Keller Williams Realty notes.

Lang brings plenty of knowledge in buying and selling locally, while also providing "that unique southern hospitality and attention to detail to meet your needs," the agency says.

-Note: This story as it appeared in the Jan. 3 Real Estate section contained an error. Chip Eiserhardt joined The Cassina Group as an experienced Realtor. The Post and Courier regrets the error.-

A pair of agents with extensive backgrounds in real estate recently signed on with a fast-growing Charleston-based firm.

The Cassina Group says that Chip Eiserhardt and Heath Verner have joined its real estate team. The Realtors will work out of the company's downtown Charleston office at 69 Morris Street, which is in the peninsula's Elliotborough section.

Verner comes to The Cassina Group with experience in commercial and residential real estate, the company says.

Originally from Rock Hill, Verner moved to the Charleston area to attend college and graduated from The Citadel in 1997. He has more than 10 years of experience working in real estate.

Eiserhardt, a Charleston native, attended Bishop England High School and graduated from Clemson University with a business degree. After graduation, he returned to the Lowcountry to start his real estate career. He has eight years' experience as a Realtor, according to The Cassina Group.

"We are very excited to welcome both Chip and Heath to our company," says Jimmy Dye, co-founder and broker-in-charge of the company's Morris Street office. "Both bring extensive experience and will be strong additions to our team," he says.

The Cassina Group is a boutique real estate brokerage with offices in Mount Pleasant and Charleston. During 2013, the company ranked seventh highest by volume in the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service and was among the top-performing companies in South Carolina as compiled by SC Biz News. The company also was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in 2014.

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