Real Estate News - Homebuilder picks local marketing pro to oversee Lowcountry, Grand Strand area; firm opens model in new North Charleston village

Sabal Homes frames houses in The Ponds neighborhood in Dorchester County, among others. The builder won its eighth Guildmaster award for customer satisfaction this year Provided).

A major house framer's newly named regional boss for Charleston-Myrtle Beach earned his stripes when a local trade group this year named him top sales manager.

In late July, Lennar Homes promoted Jason Byham to president of the Coastal Carolinas Division. He previously was the division's sales and marketing director.

"I'm very happy to have the opportunity to further advance my career with Lennar Homes," he says. "Lennar is a company with deep roots in the homebuilding community, and I'm excited that we will be able to continue to bring quality, value and integrity to homebuyers in our region."

According to Lennar, the new divisional president is an accomplished real estate professional with more than 10 years of sales and management experience. He started as director of sales and marketing in August 2012. Since he joined Lennar, the Pennsylvania native has seen his management responsibilities evolve to include 15 communities in the Lowcountry and the Grand Strand.

"Not only are we happy to be adding new communities in both the Charleston and Myrtle Beach markets, but we're also looking forward to expanding into regional sub-markets, offering choice and value in an even larger footprint," Byham says.

According to Lennar, Byham played a "huge role" in the Coastal Carolinas Division's recent growth. In 2013, Lennar Charleston alone saw a 185 percent increase in number of homes sold and a nearly 200 percent increase in dollar volume year over year, the company says. For his efforts, the Charleston Home Builders Association named Byham "Sales Manager of the Year 2013," Lennar notes.

Originally from Erie, Pa., Byham graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in international business. He worked previously for Pulte Homes and John Wieland Homes. He lives on Daniel Island with his wife and three children.

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Miami-based Lennar Corp., founded in 1954, builds "affordable, move-up and retirement homes" in 18 states. To learn more, visit

Potential buyers will be able to scope out Charleston Landmark Builders' first house in its new, central North Charleston enclave today.

The company will host a public grand opening noon-4 p.m. to display "The Ashbrook" model - the first of 12 homes to be built in Oak Terrace Manor.

Oak Terrace Manor will rise in the old Park Circle area next door to roundly popular Oak Terrace Preserve, which likewise includes homes from Charleston Landmark Builders.

Charleston Landmark Builders' sales associates and employees will be available to answer questions. For more information, visit Marty Sorrentino, broker-in-charge of Hearthstone Realty of Charleston at 843-216-2900 or

A new arrival at one of the more expansive real estate firms these days brings managerial and sales experience to the company's Mount Pleasant office.

Century 21 Properties Plus says it's pleased to welcome Meredith Kolaski. She's compiled more than 10 years of experience in real estate, starting in the field in 2004.

Prior to joining Century 21, Kolaski was broker-in-charge of her own real estate company, Charleston Coastal Realtors. She also worked with Wild Dunes Real Estate and "has excelled as a top producing agent over the years," Century 21 Properties Plus notes.

"I love real estate," Kolaski says. "I am very passionate about my career and always treat others the way I would like to be treated," she explains.

Kolaski graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in business administration. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Andrew Kolaski and two sons, Luke and Austin. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, golfing and spending time with her family, according to the agency.

"We are so pleased to announce that Meredith has joined our team," says Tim Rash, broker-in-charge of Century 21 Properties Plus. "We believe her experience will greatly enhance the services we provide to our customers in the Mount Pleasant community," he says.

Specialists in marketing, mortgages and investments have joined a growing Charleston area franchise as real estate agents.

The trio consists of Steve Priola, Dea Pack Cann and Mike Limina. They signed on with Re/Max Advanced Realty.

A Realtor serving the Charleston area, Limina brings a background in real estate investment while broadening his sights over the years.

According to Re/Max Advanced, the agent "prides himself on his strong communication skills and feels his personal experience in real estate gives him an advantage and insight to what his customers' needs are."

He's based in the West Ashley Re/Max office.

Cann arrives with marketing experience and as a successful business owner but "has found her passion in selling real estate," according to Re/Max Advanced.

The Johns Island resident "demonstrates integrity, hard work, creative services and high energy," the agency says. "Her priorities are God, family and her clients," Re/Max Advanced points out. "She demonstrates true southern hospitality in her demeanor towards all that meet her."

Her marketing skills help her list properties for quick turnaround. "She is an excellent negotiator and doesn't give up," according to Re/Max Advanced.

Cann works from the Re/Max office in West Ashley.

Based in the Mount Pleasant Re/Max center, Priola started and managed his own business and brings entrepreneurial experience. He's worked in the mortgage industry for seven years, which serves as an advantage in helping customers navigate the financial side of home ownership.

"Steve has a passion for life and business. He strives to serve his clients with honesty, compassion and integrity. His clients are his number one priority," according to Re/Max Advanced.

An interior designer can be a key player in the overall process of buying and selling homes, showing how a house can stand out to owners and shoppers alike.

That's why Jennifer R. Mendelsohn, ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and president of J. Rhodes Interior Design Inc., has revamped the Charleston firm to also include "concierge realtor services."

By expanding into concierge service, she can collaborate "as a part of a Realtors team, to produce seamless transactions."

Mendelsohn, a professional interior designer, says she has more than 20 years of residential design experience.

"In this still sluggish and highly competitive real estate market, local agents are looking for ways to provide an exclusive value to their clients buying and selling experience," she says.

Mendelsohn says she has a keen understanding of houses and can assist the listing process by consulting with the Realtor and homeowner "on how to make the home appear at its best to potential buyers."

Among her skills would be to ask "the complicated questions about past renovations or the overall aesthetic." That way, the team can come up with a complete plan for showing the home.

When escorting Realtors and buyers through house viewings, the interior designer can create "a vision for the homes' end use that otherwise may not seem apparent," she says.

"Through the production of room use concepts, furniture placement or full scale renovation plans, buyers are given the tools that expedite their purchasing decision," according to Mendelsohn.

A professional member of ASID, Mendelsohn founded J. Rhodes Interior Design in 2002. She is certified by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification. In 2008, she obtained a South Carolina Residential Builders license "assuring a broad-based knowledge of home construction and renovation."

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Having notched experience working for new-home builders, Sue Campbell has agreed to manage one of the local offices of a national real estate agency.

The 31-year real estate veteran "has taken on a new endeavor, as the broker-in-charge for Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley," the company says.

According to Keller Williams, "Sue listens to her client's needs and truly works in their best interest. She believes that superior customer service is mandatory for her clients."

In addition, Campbell's moved 33 times in her career, "so she understands the emotions attached to the moving process," the agency says.

A North Carolina native, Campbell graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in business administration. She started her real estate career in 1983.

Over the years, she's earned brokers' licenses in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. She belongs to the Institute of Residential Marketing, the National Association of Home Builders and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

She was named "salesperson of the year" for Ryland Homes in 2005, racking up $22.2 million in sales; and was broker-in-charge for Del Webb's active adult community at Cane Bay in the Charleston area.

Campbell brings a diverse background in real estate, having specialized in general brokerage; new construction; land sales; custom builds; commercial leasing and management; and resort management. She also owned a general contracting company.

This local builder hasn't even been in business 10 years, yet has taken home scores of awards tied to buyers' gratification with service and quality of construction.

More than that, Sabal Homes can accurately state that nine of every 10 customers this year would recommend the company to others.

The Mount Pleasant-based venture won a 2014 Guildmaster Award, which according to the builder goes to "high-caliber companies in the building, remodeling, contracting and real estate professions that consistently demonstrate an ability to deliver a superior customer experience."

Sabal Homes has earned the honor eight consecutive years. It says the distinction "shows the Charleston-area homebuilder consistently delivers exceptional customer service."

GuildQuality Inc., which Sabal Homes describes as an "independent customer-satisfaction surveying firm that serves a nationwide community of homebuilders and remodelers," conducts the judging and presents the awards.

"We strive to provide the best possible customer service and are proud our customers noticed for the eighth year in a row," Sabal Homes co-founder Todd Ussery says.

"We're thrilled and grateful to win this elite, customer-driven award. It reflects our focus on customer satisfaction," he notes.

Ussery, Matt Jones and Jason Simpson own the company, which with its 25 employees have framed more than 600 homes in the Charleston area.

"We value client input above all else; over the years, we've incorporated client feedback into all aspects of our company," Ussery says.

The percentage of customers who would recommend a company is one of the factors that GuildQuality uses in determining winners.

Sabal Homes was one of just 200 homebuilders, remodelers, developers and contractors in North America to achieve a recommendation rate above 90 percent.

"Our customers have overwhelmingly recommended us again in this annual service poll. We're proud to have achieved a customer recommendation rate of greater than 90 percent," he says.

"The Guildmaster with Distinction is an honor that recognizes Sabal Homes' commitment to customer service as among the nation's best in the building industry," Ussery says.

Sabal Homes, founded in 2005, builds dwellings in nine developments across metro Charleston.

"We're all about making the customer happy, so being recognized by GuildQuality for top customer satisfaction is quite the honor," he says.

For more information about Sabal, call 843-388-8483 or visit

Century 21 Properties Plus has enlarged its Realtor count recently by bringing on an agent in Summerville.

Andrea Doherty has joined the firm as a sales associate. According to the agency, she will specialize in residential property sales in the Charleston area.

She's a full-time licensed Realtor with Century 21 Properties Plus. According to the company, she's a "dedicated professional" who strives to exceed expectations.

"I always believed that real estate agents should be professional, honest and dependable," Doherty says.

"When I joined Century 21 Properties Plus, I found a group of people that are exactly that. I feel so privileged to be part of a company that fosters such a high level of professionalism and offers such high caliber services."

Doherty says she's committed to helping clients achieve their goals, whether to buy, sell, rent, or rent out a home.

Tim Rash, who heads up Century 21 Properties Plus, says, "We are thrilled to have Andrea join our team. It's an exciting time to be with the Century 21 system as we increase our market presence."