Real Estate News - Local real estate firm's Summerville office picks up new associates; Agent signs on with Century 21 Properties Plus

Tamiko Humphrise (Provided).

New Realtors at a local real estate firm include a one-time rental chief of the year who also sings and a former bank employee who designs outfits for figurines.

Tamiko Humphrise and Jane Kennedy have signed on with Carolina One Real Estate's office at Summerville Main Street.

Humphrise, a certified apartment manager, was named Building Manager of the Year in 2013 while working in Vienna, Va., for Southern Management Corp., according to Carolina One.

Born in Baltimore, she earned her bachelor's degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Also, Humphrise has performed as a jazz vocalist for the past 20 years, the agency says.

Kennedy, who relocated to Charleston two years ago from Muncie, Ind., previously was a real estate broker and also had a job in the banking industry in Muncie.

The married Louisville, Ky., native has five children and 13 grandchildren. In her spare time, she makes American Girl doll clothes, according to Carolina One.

Along with 11 sales offices, Carolina One boasts a full service mortgage division and departments specializing in title services, vacation rentals, property management, commercial real estate, relocation, new homes and insurance.

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A former medical professional educated in the Southwest and the Charleston area has chosen to work with Century 21 Properties Plus.

The agency welcomes Chablis Pettus as a sales associate. She will specialize in residential property sales in greater Charleston.

Pettus attended Gaston College in Dallas and locally based Trident Technical College.

She first worked in the medical field as an Army medical specialist and then as a clinical research coordinator with Metrolina Nephrology.

However, her passion has been to work closely with others, and she has found a way to pursue that in real estate, the company says.

"I am excited to make dreams into realities one home at a time," Pettus says.

Lenders took ownership of less than 8,500 dwellings in the state this past year for failure to pay - a sign that the housing market's ongoing recovery continues.

The figures are according to the latest findings from CoreLogic property information provider.

South Carolina ranked seventh highest among judicial states with 8,424 completed foreclosures for the year ending in October, down from 12,098 for the same period last year. Completed foreclosures, the company says, are "an indication of the total number of homes actually lost to foreclosure."

CoreLogic says 24 states are considered judicial, in which foreclosure cases are handled through the courts.

Separately, the foreclosure inventory in South Carolina as of October was 1.6 percent, the same rate as the nation as a whole and off 0.7 percent from a year earlier. The inventory refers to properties at some stage of the foreclosure process.

The state's serious delinquency rate through October was 4 percent, slightly below the 4.2 percent national figure. CoreLogic considers loans seriously delinquent if they are 90 or more days past due.

South Carolina's foreclosure and delinquent loan numbers tend to track the national problem-mortgage patterns.

There were 41,000 completed foreclosures in the U.S. in October, a 26.4 percent drop from the 55,000 cases in which people lost their homes a year earlier and off 65 percent from the peak month of September 2010, the analysis company says. Moreover, the completed foreclosure total in October declined a full 34.1 percent from the previous month, when there were 62,000 cases.

Nationwide, the foreclosure inventory totaled about 605,000 homes as of October, a 30.9 percent decline from 875,000 in the same period of 2013.

The October inventory accounted for 1.6 percent of all homes with a mortgage, as opposed to 2.2 percent a year earlier and 2.1 percent in September. According to CoreLogic, the October rate is the lowest inventory level since May 2008.

"While there has been a large improvement in the reduction of foreclosure inventory, completed foreclosures remain high and serve as one of the obstacles to new single-family construction," says Sam Khater, deputy chief economist for CoreLogic.

"Until the flow of completed foreclosures declines to normal levels, new-home construction will not pick up because builders have little incentive to compete with foreclosure stock," he says.

"The foreclosure inventory is less than 2 percent and seriously delinquent loans are trending lower right now," notes Anand Nallathambi, president and chief executive of CoreLogic. "At current rates, we can expect the foreclosure inventory to slip below 500,000 units during 2015," he says.

According to the property researcher, October marks 25 straight months of double-digit declines in the inventory of foreclosed homes year over year.

The five states with the highest foreclosure inventory as a percentage of all mortgaged homes were New Jersey at 5.5 percent; Florida, 4.1 percent; New York, 4.1 percent; Hawaii, 2.9 percent; and Maine, 2.6 percent.

States with the lowest foreclosure inventory rates were Alaska with 0.4 percent; and Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming, all at 0.5 percent.

One associate with a background in real estate and another that's just starting out in the business have joined a fast-growing Charleston-based agency.

The Cassina Group says that Chip Eiserhardt and Heath Verner recently signed on with 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, 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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Shoppers in a new neighborhood south of Myrtle Beach can begin the purchasing process with one coastal new-home builder on houses starting at $233,000.

Ryland Homes recently launched presales of single-family homes at Wilderness Pointe in Prince Creek. The new community sits alongside TPC Boulevard west of S.C. Highway 707 in Murrells Inlet.

Altogether, the company plans to build 115 new homes at Wilderness Pointe, says Gayle Jinks, vice president of sales and marketing for Ryland in the Charleston-Myrtle Beach region.

Construction started in December on four move-in ready homes at Wilderness Pointe in Prince Creek. They will open in the spring. Available floor plans range from 1,955-to-2,577 square feet, Jinks adds. The homes begin in price at $233,000.

Community tours and new home sales at Wilderness Pointe are being handled at Windsor Plantation, Jinks says. For more information, call Ed or Bill at 843-215-7750 or visit the sales center at Windsor Plantation, located off S.C. Highway 544 west of U.S. Highway 17.

Headquartered in Southern California, Ryland stands as one of the larger homebuilders nationwide. The company frames homes in 28 markets across the country and has built more than 300,000 houses since its founding in 1967.

A trio of new and veteran real estate associates recently joined a sizable agency in the Charleston area.

They are Michelle Cardiello, who's built a background in advertising art; Linda Sue D'Angelo, once involved in the legal profession and an experienced Realtor; and Sam Vogt, who moved from Maryland to get involved in the Lowcountry real estate business. The agents signed on with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

Cardiello's base of operations is the agency's Charleston office.

She has been interested in houses "for as far back as she can remember," according to Coldwell Banker United, "and even used to draw out floor plans 'just for fun' on graph paper as a kid."

Design has been a big part of her life, the agency says. She graduated from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan with a degree in advertising design. For the last 16 years, she worked at an advertising firm in Pennsylvania as director of the art studio. She recently left her position there to follow her fiancé to Daniel Island, the agency says. She is excited to begin a new career with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors.

Her hobbies include paddleboard and working on her yoga skills while floating down the many rivers and creeks in the Charleston area.

Cardiello likes to play with her two dogs and "enjoys anything and everything creative from making her own clothes to designing light fixtures and up-cycling anything that she can get her hands on," according to Coldwell Banker United.

She can be reached at 609-577-0084, by email at or visiting her website at

D'Angelo works from the agency's Goose Creek office.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she has spent years in the South and is happy to call the Charleston area home, according to Coldwell Banker United. D'Angelo says she's "dedicated to helping you with all your real estate needs."

The Realtor's past experience and attention to detail stem from her job as a paralegal for a district attorney in the criminal department. "She is extremely thorough in all transactions," the agency notes.

D'Angelo also was as restaurant manager in the hospitality field, which "greatly contributed to her ability to communicate with people" in the real estate business.

"I've traveled in many states with my work history and can understand people relocating to South Carolina, as I wouldn't live anywhere else," she says. "As a Realtor of 13 years, it is my goal to put my experience to work for those in need."

She says, "Seeing your home through the eyes of an educated Realtor is my specialty. I will hand-walk you through the entire process whether selling or buying. We work as a team."

D'Angelo says she enjoys spending time with her two pre-teen daughters as well as fund-raising, volunteering and charity work. She can be reached at 843-822-3607, via email at or on her website at

Vogt, who's also situated in the downtown Charleston office, says he's proud to have joined Coldwell Banker United, Realtors and its downtown locale.

The Washington, D.C., native was raised in southern Maryland. He says all it took was one visit to the Lowcountry to realize that this is where he wanted to live and build his business, Coldwell Banker United says.

Charleston offers everything, from beautiful beaches to the historic district, he says.

As part of the Coldwell Banker United, Realtors team, Vogt has "all the support needed to ensure excellent client service and help for all of your real estate needs."

Vogt can be reached by calling 240-320-3278, e-mailing or visiting

A story in The Post and Courier's Real Estate section for Dec. 27 on the 2014 Year in Review contained an error. The new Arbor Village apartment homes are in Summerville. The Post and Courier regrets the error.